All About US/Mexico Border

EL SALVADOR / 25 SEP 2020

Alma* arrived in Texas like so many others had and would in the years to come: on her own. She had just turned fourteen, and she was one of many…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 8 SEP 2020

A recent UN report shows that traffickers move weapons from the United States to Mexico in small quantities, even a single firearm at once, in a divergence from global arms…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 28 AUG 2020

Released in August, the six-part Netflix documentary “Immigration Nation” goes behind the scenes of immigration policies and enforcement under the administration of US President Donald Trump.

COVID AND CRIME / 18 AUG 2020

The recent seizure of $16 million worth of methamphetamines by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has highlighted rising meth seizure and overdose trends in the United States — a…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 30 JUL 2020

Mexico’s Navy has welcomed recommendations from a human rights group to accept responsibility for a number of disappearances that occurred along the US-Mexico border in 2018, seemingly confirming what locals…

EL CHAPO / MARCH 8, 2022

The Chapitos are sons of former Sinaloa Cartel leader, Joaquín Guzmán, alias “El Chapo,” now fighting to control the cartel.

COVID AND CRIME / 2 JUN 2020

A coronavirus outbreak in the Mexico border city of Tijuana has not stymied street-level heroin and methamphetamine sales, and its large population of drug users is at high risk of…

COVID AND CRIME / 15 MAY 2020

Dirty cash from the illicit drug trade is piling up in major US cities as the novel coronavirus hobbles yet another fundamental component of the operations of Latin America’s criminal…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 3 MAR 2020

The second season of Showtime’s The Trade comes out March 6, and this time around the award-winning documentary series is doing a deep-dive into the criminal activities surrounding…

FENTANYL / 2 MAR 2020

Five gangs are reportedly vying for control of the fentanyl trade in Mexico's inland state of Zacatecas, suggesting that trafficking of this dangerous opioid is happening more widely across Mexico.

FENTANYL / 30 JAN 2020

Drug users in Tijuana are being unwittingly exposed to the deadly opioid fentanyl in a corridor where the drug is frequently smuggled, but where the effects of the opioid crisis…

BRAZIL / 12 NOV 2019

Authorities dismantled a transnational human smuggling ring that brought migrants from South Asia to Brazil and then transported them all the way to the US-Mexico border, relying on a vast…

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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…