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HOMICIDES / 22 NOV 2011

This extract from Ioan Grillo's new book "El Narco" features reporting from the type of crime scene that is all too common in today's Mexico, where the slaying of five…

MEXICO / 14 NOV 2011

The death of Mexico's interior minister in a helicopter crash has opened the way for the latest in a long history of narco-conspiracy theories from the country -- InSight Crime…

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 1 NOV 2011

A TV special by PBS details the threats community activists in Colombia face from armed groups, as they try to keep an industrial gold mining company from seizing their land.

BRAZIL / 25 OCT 2011

Despite promising to increase security following a inmate party in September, Brazilian officials are investigating why 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a Rio de Janeiro prison that…

MEXICO / 30 SEP 2011

Despite its inflammatory title, "Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars" is a thoughtful text, which warns not of a literal invasion of cartel gunmen, but of the…

BRAZIL / 23 SEP 2011

Rio de Janeiro's Military Police plans increase security at a controversial prison unit holding former officers accused of crimes, following the publication of images of a party held there by…

MEXICO / 20 MAY 2011

A Mexican governor announced a prohibition on "narcocorridos," songs celebrating drug trafficking, in public venues in his state, turning the fight against organized crime into a debate about free expression…

MEXICO / 11 MAY 2011

The Mexican drug gang known as the Zetas, who stand accused of beating scores of people to death in Tamaulipas and then dumping their bodies in mass graves,…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 19 APR 2011

From “narcocorridos” to narco-wives, Mexico’s drug war has spilled over into the cultural life of the nation, influencing language and even religion.

BRAZIL / 8 MAR 2011

Carnival in Latin America means revelry, skin and ‘fiesta,’ or ‘festa’ as you might say in Portuguese. But it also means organized crime. From Rio to Barranquilla to Port au…

MEXICO / 14 DEC 2010

The hottest book in Mexico this Christmas season is called 'Los Señores del Narco' (loosely translated, 'The Drug Traffickers'). Using testimonies and official reports gathered during a five-year investigation, the…

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This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

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Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…