All About Microtrafficking

COLOMBIA / 18 MAR 2016

A new report that tracks the variables linked to drug seizures in Colombia's major cities could help inform the government's approach against microtrafficking.

DRUG POLICY / 2 MAR 2016

The latest report by the International Narcotics Control Board illustrates the region-wide correlation between developments in drug trafficking, drug use and criminal violence in Latin America.

DRUG POLICY / 14 OCT 2015

According to a top Uruguayan government official, the recidivism rate for low-level drug offenders is 100 percent, a phenomenon that many other Latin American countries will have to confront…

DRUG POLICY / 3 OCT 2015

Ecuador's Congress approved tougher penalties for small-time drug traffickers, an about-face from a more liberal policy which may have been prompted by the president's stated "zero tolerance" approach to heroin…

DRUG POLICY / 22 SEP 2015

Ecuador's authorities say they are shifting their security focus to curbing neighborhood level drug peddling, raising questions about the priorities of a country that serves as a major international transshipment…

COSTA RICA / 25 MAY 2015

Recent bloodshed in Costa Rica's capital has been attributed to gangs battling for control of local drug sales, furthering concerns that the country's development as a major drug transit zone…

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / 16 JAN 2015

An admitted drug trafficker in the Dominican Republic claimed several police agencies charged her a fee to sell drugs, an accusation that comes just days after charges against several high-level…

COLOMBIA / 30 DEC 2014

Welcome to InSight Crime's Game Changers for 2014, where we highlight the year's most important trends in organized crime in the Americas. This year was one of dashed hopes. In…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 4 DEC 2014

A newspaper report on “narco-taxis” paints a picture of an increasingly violent local drug trade in Mexico City, raising questions about what criminal groups are present in the country’s capital…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 24 NOV 2014

Police in Uruguay have evidence that more than 400 people -- among them members of soccer fan clubs, soccer team directors, and at least one politician -- are involved in…

ARGENTINA / 9 SEP 2014

Authorities in Argentina have identified the presence of what they are calling a "new" hallucinogenic drug, highlighting both the appeal of the country's growing synthetic drug market and the ways…

CHILE / 2 SEP 2014

Authorities in Chile have seized over two tons of drugs intended for domestic consumption in what officials are calling the second largest seizure in the last ten years, highlighting the…

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