All About Illegal Mining

ILLEGAL MINING / 9 MAY 2016

The death of a gang leader allegedly responsible for the massacre of over a dozen gold miners in Venezuela represents a step forward for the official investigation. However, there is…

COLOMBIA / 21 APR 2016

Witness testimony implicates a recently captured emerald baron in the planning of a daring bomb attack against a competitor in Colombia's capital city, another sign of how deeply enmeshed the…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 12 APR 2016

In the wake of the killing of over a dozen gold miners in Venezuela's eastern state of Bolívar last month, InSight Crime reprints this article originally published by investigative partner Armando…

COLOMBIA / 8 APR 2016

A new report on organized crime and gold mining in Latin America offers insight into how states, the international community, and the private sector have failed to control a criminal…

ILLEGAL MINING / 17 MAR 2016

Venezuela's investigative police has launched an internal investigation into the recent murder of 17 gold miners, in a case that has become the center of a political war between the socialist…

ILLEGAL MINING / 14 MAR 2016

A Venezuela party leader has blamed corruption in the armed forces for the disappearance of 28 miners, hinting at long-standing military involvement in the illegal gold industry.

ILLEGAL MINING / 7 MAR 2016

Venezuelan officials are investigating the alleged disappearance of 28 miners, after reports emerged they were massacred during a confrontation over a gold deposit.

COLOMBIA / 15 FEB 2016

A recent investigation by the independent think tank Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) reveals that while peace negotiations between Colombia's government and rebel group the FARC advance in Cuba,…

GOLD / 16 DEC 2015

In January 2014, InSight Crime reported on a record seizure of suspected illegal gold in Peru. Since then, that case has snowballed; marking a turning point in the modus operandi…

COLOMBIA / 7 DEC 2015

Authorities in Colombia have dismantled a network of illegal mining operators allegedly working for drug trafficking group the Urabeños, providing further evidence of how the country's criminal organizations are deepening…

EXTORTION / 11 NOV 2015

Criminal gang the Guerreros Unidos are reportedly terrorizing a local community living near one of Mexico's biggest gold mines.

COCA / 4 NOV 2015

Authorities in Colombia say the threat of illegal mining could exceed that of drug trafficking, a questionable claim that fails to take into account inherent differences between the two criminal…

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