All About Oil Theft

COSTA RICA / 27 NOV 2019

Oil theft cases in Costa have hit record levels in 2019 and increased nearly six fold in the past three years -- evidence that the fuel theft racket has grown dramatically…

EXTORTION / 15 NOV 2019

While the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has faced the brunt of the Mexican government’s war against oil theft, it has used its clout in the state of Guanajuato to…

COLOMBIA / 13 NOV 2019

A massive flow of smuggled fuel from Ecuador into Colombia is benefiting drug traffickers who use it to produce cocaine and to gas up boats moving drugs.

MEXICO / 30 OCT 2019

With Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador touting his successes against oil theft, criminal groups have taken advantage of a similar opportunity: gas theft.

CUBA / 10 SEP 2019

Despite a crackdown by the authorities, fuel theft continues in Cuba as the island faces shortages aggravated by sanctions on its principal supplier, Venezuela…

MEXICO / 23 JUL 2019

Authorities in Mexico have cracked down on the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, touted as the nation’s leading oil theft gang, but this vast criminal economy will not be undone…

MEXICO / 4 JUL 2019

A rise in the number oil thefts this year in Mexico has provided further evidence that this high-profile criminal economy may be too massive for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's to…

MEXICO / 9 MAY 2019

The president of Mexico’s has recently declared victory over the country’s fuel thieves, and while authorities have made some progress, completely bringing oil barons to heel is going to be…

CONTRABAND / 21 FEB 2019

Oil theft in Honduras has been a reliable source of income for gangs for years, but the recovery of 50,000 liters of stolen fuel in the city of Puerto…

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…

MEXICO / 14 JAN 2019

A crackdown on oil theft has seen the president of Mexico stop major fuel pipelines, causing severe fuel shortages in parts of the country, but are oil thieves solely to blame…

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.

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

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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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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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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…