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Synthetic drugs are growing in prevalence around the world, but consumer markets in Latin America remain limited.
Synthetic drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, and flawed institutions could explain a recent spike in violence roiling Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
A new report has found that organized crime groups are overwhelmingly to blame for violence in Mexico, and the CJNG plays an oversized role.
Mexico's regulations concerning precursor chemicals is strong on paper, but rampant corruption means this is essentially meaningless.
While cooks produce vast quantities of fentanyl in makeshift labs across Mexico, they are watched over by a small group of expert chemists.
Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and CJNG depend on a network of brokers to buy precursor chemicals needed to make fentanyl and meth.
The difficulty of sourcing finished fentanyl from China has Mexican groups acquire precursor chemicals to synthesize fentanyl themselves.
The heavy regulation placed on chemical precursors used for meth and fentanyl has seen drug traffickers turn to pre-precursors instead.
InSight Crime's new report shows the inner workings of Mexico's synthetic drugs trade and how criminal groups have profited from it.
US prosecutors have provided an unprecedented look at how the Chapitos operate in Mexico and how they dominate the fentanyl trade.
Over the last eight months, US officials have seized more illicit fentanyl at Arizona’s ports of entry than anywhere else on the US-Mexico border.
US officials may designate Mexican crime groups as terrorists, but this mischaracterizes the threat. …
15 SEP 2023
InSight Crime’s work on emerging coca cultivation in Honduras, Guatemala, and Venezuela was cited in the Colombian government’s…
8 SEP 2023
Investigators Victoria Dittmar and María Fernanda Ramírez discussed InSight Crime’s recent investigation of a massacre in Honduras’ only women’s prison in a Twitter Spaces event on…
1 SEP 2023
Leading Mexican media outlet El Universal featured our most recent investigation, “The Geography of Human Trafficking on the US-Mexico Border,” on the front page of its August 30…
25 AUG 2023
This week, Jeremy McDermott, co-director of InSight Crime, was interviewed by La Sexta, a Spanish television channel, about the situation of extreme violence and insecurity in Ecuador…
18 AUG 2023
Non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch relied on InSight Crime's coverage this week, citing six articles and one of our criminal profiles in its latest report on the humanitarian…