InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to Turkey, a trafficking hub and a lynchpin in the movement of drugs further east into Russia and the Persian Gulf.
Last week, we published the first part of our in-depth report of Turkey’s role in global cocaine trafficking. This was one of our most successful pieces of the year, and was cited by large segments of the Turkish press, including Gazete Duvar. It also made waves internationally, in Vice and OCCRP, and was cited by Venezuela’s El Nacional.
Iván Marquez’s Alleged Demise
Doubts continue to swirl as to whether Iván Márquez is dead or not. But even should he only be injured, the impact on Colombia may be noteworthy. His criminal group, the Second Marquetalia, looks certain to emerge greatly weakened.
InSight Crime has become a trusted point of reference for coverage concerning the dissident FARC. Our Co-director, Jeremy McDermott, was interviewed by Colombia’s Blu Radio and Caracol TV about the potential impact of Márquez’s death, while our coverage was also cited by El Universal.