All About Zetas

MEXICO / 27 JAN 2016

An ongoing investigation into the Zetas has revealed how this violent criminal group used a prison to dispose of over 150 victims, focusing attention on the shocking level of…

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 JAN 2016

Spanish authorities have detained the ex-governor of Mexico's northern Coahuila state on corruption charges, a case that highlights the protection still enjoyed by Mexican political elites in their own…

MEXICO / 15 JAN 2016

Mexico has taken steps to toughen up penalties against people convicted of stealing crude oil, but it is unlikely that these measures will markedly affect the prevalence of this crime,…

MEXICO / 19 NOV 2015

Fuel theft from Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, reportedly almost doubled over a one-year period, an indication of how much the country's criminal groups continue to profit from this activity. …

GULF CARTEL / 6 NOV 2015

Beginning in the 1990s, Mexico's cartels began recruiting hired gunmen to act as armed cells. Since then, violence against civilians with no links to organized crime has escalated as these…

EXTRADITION / 27 JUL 2015

Guatemalan authorities recently extradited drug trafficker Jairo Orellana, alias "El Pelon," to the United States, ending a criminal career that left a bloody legacy in Guatemala. …

COLOMBIA / 22 JUN 2015

In a case that exemplifies why the Urabeños remain Colombia's pre-eminent drug trafficking organization, Colombia is set to extradite an alleged Urabeño intermediary with Mexican criminal groups to the US. …

MEXICO / 12 MAY 2015

A US appeals court has overturned a conviction and ordered a retrial for US citizens accused of laundering drug profits for Mexico's Zetas through racehorses, in a case that illustrates…

GULF CARTEL / 27 APR 2015

Despite government efforts, fuel theft has risen in Mexico, at a time when falling oil and gas prices are already impacting the nation's economy and national budget.

EXTRADITION / 3 APR 2015

Guatemala's authorities have extradited a founding member of the Mexican criminal organization the Zetas back to his homeland, the man who led the criminal group's incursion into this Central American…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 1 APR 2015

Mexican authorities have captured an alleged member of the Zetas implicated in the 2010 massacre of 72 immigrants, which arguably marked a tipping point in Mexico's war against organized…

EL SALVADOR / 31 MAR 2015

The recent killing of eight people in El Salvador was the kind of massacre that is a trademark of the transnational drug trade, in a country already wracked by violence…

About InSight Crime

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Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

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InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.