All About Red Command

BRAZIL / 26 AUG 2014

As Brazil works to project the image of a nation that is effectively addressing security challenges in its major cities, one important indicator -- internal displacement -- is being overlooked. …

BRAZIL / 12 AUG 2014

Officials in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area are increasingly complaining that the so-called "pacification" of favelas is displacing violence to the city's periphery. The hard evidence for this claim,…

BRAZIL / 11 AUG 2014

Brazil is currently the second biggest consumer market for cocaine and its derivatives in the world, after the United States. Coca paste and crack are sold in bulk and at…

BRAZIL / 4 AUG 2014

It is here that half of South America's marijuana is produced. There are narcos present in the elections, airplanes with Bolivian cocaine land on clandestine airstrips and revenge attacks are…

BRAZIL / 31 JUL 2014

One of Rio de Janeiro's largest UPP-occupied slum complexes has seen a steadily deteriorating security situation in recent months, with conflicts leaving over 20 police wounded or dead, raising further…

BRAZIL / 9 JUN 2014

Both the England and United States soccer teams are set to play World Cup matches in the steamy Amazon city of Manaus in north Brazil, where two notorious drug gangs…

BRAZIL / 2 JUN 2014

The son of retired Brazilian soccer star Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for the laundering of drug proceeds, becoming the latest criminal to take advantage of…

BRAZIL / 5 MAY 2014

Police in Brazil have arrested a man who allegedly oversaw the trafficking of 200 kilos of cocaine a month from Bolivia and Paraguay and supplied Rio de Janeiro's principal criminal…

BRAZIL / 2 MAY 2014

Attacks on police units in Rio de Janeiro's "pacified" slums have increased amid some apparently coordinated efforts, in what represents a major concern for ongoing preparations ahead of Brazil's World…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 25 APR 2014

Authorities in Paraguay have discovered the country's first reported ecstacy laboratory, in a case that highlights both the increasing popularity of synthetic drugs in the region and the growing influence…

BRAZIL / 9 APR 2014

Authorities in Brazil have arrested two alleged top weapons and drug providers for Rio de Janeiro's notorious Red Command, potentially disrupting transnational supply lines for the powerful group as it…

BRAZIL / 26 MAR 2014

Following new outbreaks of violence in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, Brazil's authorities have announced plans to send in troops to occupy one of the city's largest slums in the lead-up…

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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…