All About Jalisco Cartel

EL MAYO / 5 MAR 2019

At the start of the fourth month of Mexico’s new government -- the so-called “Fourth Transformation” -- two feared capos have emerged as the kings of drug trafficking: the Sinaloa…

JALISCO CARTEL / 15 FEB 2019

The Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been behind increasing violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the last year -- amid a bitter clash with the Jalisco…

COLOMBIA / 7 FEB 2019

A new report says that some of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations are overseeing loan sharking schemes headed by Colombian nationals throughout the country, providing further evidence that such groups…

JALISCO CARTEL / 16 JAN 2019

Fragmentation has come to define Mexico’s criminal landscape as the days of monolithic drug cartel structures have ended, leaving behind smaller, more volatile criminal groups that have taken up other…

ELN / 10 JAN 2019

Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and…

COCA / 9 JAN 2019

While traditional criminal organizations have widened their portfolios dramatically in recent years, drug trafficking remains the most important earner in the region. And with opioid consumption surging and cocaine production…

BRAZIL / 3 JAN 2019

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year. From a rise in…

JALISCO CARTEL / 11 DEC 2018

Authorities in Mexico are seeking to attack the finances of the country’s most powerful organized crime groups, but questions remain as to whether the incoming administration has the institutional capacity…

JALISCO CARTEL / 20 NOV 2018

Mexico’s state-owned oil company has begun training and arming its security staff, a risky decision that could backfire.

CONTRABAND / 7 NOV 2018

The rise of a new cartel that strong-arms vendors to sell homegrown cigarette brands in large parts of Mexico has sparked concern about criminal organizations seeking fresh income streams amidst…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 OCT 2018

Unsealed US indictments against top figures in the Jalisco Cartel New Generation signal the extent to which the group has gone virtually unhindered during the administration of Mexico’s President Enrique…

JALISCO CARTEL / 4 OCT 2018

Violent battles between rival criminal groups vying for control over Mexico’s lucrative oil theft business left more than 50 people dead over the span of five days, highlighting the deadly…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…