Prison Murder Mystery Rocks Guatemala

Who Killed Guatemala's Prison 'King' Byron Lima? (Part I)
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The Byron Lima Murder in Guatemala: A 'Crime of the State'? (Part II)
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The Murder of Guatemala’s Prison ‘King’ Byron Lima: A 'Self-Coup d’etat'? (Part III)
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How to Solve El Salvador's Security Crisis? A Modest Proposal

How to Solve El Salvador's Security Crisis? A Modest Proposal

El Salvador is the most violent peacetime nation in the world, seemingly stuck in a perpetual cycle of gang hostilities and truculent police behavior. A new security approach could quell inflamed tensions, and just might lower the country's elevated homicide rate -- for good this time.

News Briefs

Colombia's 'El Loco' Barrera Gets 35 years in US Prison

Colombia's 'El Loco' Barrera Gets 35 years in US Prison

A New York court sentenced Daniel "El Loco" Barrera to 35 years in prison, closing the book not only on the...

Auto Racing Magnate's Mother-in-Law Kidnapped in Brazil: Reports

Auto Racing Magnate's Mother-in-Law Kidnapped in Brazil: Reports

The mother-in-law of one of the most powerful figures in the international automobile racing scene has reportedly been kidnapped in...

2016 Seizures Suggest CentAm Still Top Drug Corridor to US

2016 Seizures Suggest CentAm Still Top Drug Corridor to US

Panama and Guatemala have seen a sizeable increase in drug seizures through the first half of 2016, an indication of...

Paraguay, Brazil Joint Operation Nets 67 Metric Tons of Marijuana

Paraguay, Brazil Joint Operation Nets 67 Metric Tons of Marijuana

Paraguay and Brazil authorities say they destroyed nearly 67 metric tons of marijuana in a joint operation, but the figure...

Prosecutors Say Venezuela's 'Narco Nephews' Liaised with FARC

Prosecutors Say Venezuela's 'Narco Nephews' Liaised with FARC

Court documents allege two nephews of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro's wife who face drug trafficking charges in New York planned to...

Argentina Finally Catches Up With International Cocaine Trafficker

Argentina Finally Catches Up With International Cocaine Trafficker

Argentina has arrested a fugitive thought to be a major player in trafficking cocaine to Europe, shedding light on the...

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Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

As Guatemala's Congress gears up to select new Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges, InSight Crime is investigating how organized crime influences the selection process. This story details the interests of one particular political bloc vying for control over the courts and what's at stake: millions of ...

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call themselves, the "Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia," have won.

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

 Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups.

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm. ...

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce -- which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 -- has changed the conventional thinking about who the gangs are and what is the best way to handle the most difficult law and order ...

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.

Juarez after the War

Juarez after the War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting -- asking who ...