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Drug Dealers in Brazil Accused of Bankrolling Soccer Games

BRAZIL / 27 OCT 2020

To sell and promote their product, drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro have organized cash-prize soccer matches — in an example of how even low-level criminals use Brazil’s soccer-mad culture…

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 JUN 2020

Although the Mexican soccer league has canceled the rest of its season, one of its most acclaimed clubs has remained in the headlines as three of its directors are being…

ARGENTINA / 23 MAY 2019

With the Copa America soccer tournament nearing kickoff, authorities in Brazil have employed a number of tactics to ensure infamous fan-run gangs don’t spoil it. The measures may provide fans…

COLOMBIA / 23 MAR 2019

Jhon Viáfara, a roving midfielder for Colombia’s national soccer team, was arrested on suspicion of seeking to export cocaine to the United States. This is but the latest in a…

PERU / 20 DEC 2018

The arrest of businessman and former president of the Peruvian Soccer Federation, Edwin Oviedo, opens a new chapter in the profitable relationship between soccer and corruption in Latin America.

ARGENTINA / 7 DEC 2018

The troubled road that led to one of Latin America's most anticipated soccer finals being moved to Europe exposed, once again, the reach and influence of Argentina’s powerful fan-run gangs…

ARGENTINA / 28 SEP 2018

The arrest of several members of an international drug trafficking organization made up of soccer hooligans from Argentina and Colombia adds to the mounting evidence of the involvement of these groups…

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2018

Authorities in the United States have sentenced two high-level soccer officials to jail time in relation to a widespread corruption scandal involving the world’s biggest soccer institution FIFA, but rooting…

NARCOCULTURE / 13 JUL 2018

The 2018 World Cup is about to end, but the case that unveiled a massive criminal conspiracy involving the international soccer organization FIFA is still ongoing.

ARGENTINA / 22 JUN 2018

The use of World Cup merchandise to smuggle cocaine around the world points to a longstanding relationship between drug trafficking and soccer, one of the world’s most-loved sports.

SOCCER CRIME / 14 JUN 2018

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the many ways that…

SOCCER CRIME / 14 JUN 2018

The Russia 2018 World Cup has begun. But behind the much awaited games are the stains of corruption and ties to organized crime tarnishing the most popular, and money generating…

ARGENTINA / 21 FEB 2018

An upcoming strike of the largest union conglomerate in Argentina is shedding light on labor groups’ criminal relationships and “mafia style” operations, as a cat-and-mouse game unfolds between the country’s…

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At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.