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Mendozas

GUATEMALA / 19 JAN 2011

Based in Guatemala's northern-most province of Peten, the Mendozas mainly ran contraband before becoming one of Central America's drug trafficking organizations (DTOs).

GUATEMALA / MARCH 9, 2020

The Leones traditionally operated along Guatemala's eastern border with Honduras and El Salvador, and were car thieves and cattle rustlers before entering the drug trade. Their influence and power, however,…

GUATEMALA / 2021-01-13

The Lorenzanas are a traditional contraband family, who, over time, became enmeshed in the lucrative drug trade. The group's criminal career ended in the early 2010s with the arrest and…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 2017-03-09 22:38:30

Guatemala's 40-year civil war laid the groundwork for many criminal organizations, including several that spawned from state intelligence and military services. These organizations, collectively known as Illegal Clandestine Security Apparatuses…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

17 JUN 2022

InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

10 JUN 2022

Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

3 JUN 2022

The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

27 MAY 2022

On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…

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Coverage of Fallen Paraguay Prosecutor Makes Headlines

20 MAY 2022

The murder of leading anti-crime prosecutor, Marcelo Pecci, while on honeymoon in Colombia, has drawn attention to the evolution of organized crime in Paraguay. While 17 people have been arrested…