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Is the Sinaloa Cartel now a Player in Medellin?

Is the Sinaloa Cartel now a Player in Medellin?

A mafia boss is found slumped in a car park in an exclusive neighborhood with four bullets in his head. Grenade attacks and hitmen on motorbikes leave a trail of dead downtown. Colombia's most fearsome...

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Panama Amnesty: No Lasting Solution to Gang Problem

Panama Amnesty: No Lasting Solution to Gang Problem

Panama's Minister of Security has indicated the government may extend a one-month amnesty period that has led to the disarming of over 1000 gang members, although the program is not... Read more

Belize Arrests Fuel Reports of MS13 Gang Presence

Belize Arrests Fuel Reports of MS13 Gang Presence

Police in Belize have arrested six suspects allegedly linked to the MS13 for attempted extortion and arson, in a case that supports earlier reports the transnational street gang is setting... Read more

Colombia Captures Narco-Submarine Builders Tied to Urabeños

Colombia Captures Narco-Submarine Builders Tied to Urabeños

Police in Colombia have dismantled a group dedicated to building semi-submersibles for the Urabeños criminal organization, seeking to undermine what has become a favored method of moving large cocaine consignments,... Read more

Radar the Key Tool in Drug War?

Radar the Key Tool in Drug War?

Guatemala, Brazil and Bolivia are in the process of obtaining advanced radar technology for aerial interdiction, a strategy that has proven effective at combating drug flights in the region, forcing... Read more

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Don Berna

Don Berna

Until his extradition to the United States in 2008, Diego Fernando Murillo, alias “Don Berna,”... Read more

Zetas

Zetas

The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, are among one of the... Read more

Oficina de Envigado

Oficina de Envigado

The inheritors of Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking empire in Colombia, the Oficina de Envigado is... Read more

Perrones

Perrones

The Perrones are El Salvador’s most infamous transportation group. Made up of a mix of... Read more

Barrio 18 (M-18)

Barrio 18 (M-18)

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18" or the "M-18," is one of... Read more

Shining Path

Shining Path

The Shining Path is an insurgent group in Peru that has declined in recent years,... Read more

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los 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.

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Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

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El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

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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.

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The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

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Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

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FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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Mexico’s Internally Displaced An Invisible Problem: Report

Mexico’s Internally Displaced An Invisible Problem: Report

Hundreds of thousands of people in Mexico have been internally displaced due to violence perpetrated by organized crime groups but the majority have yet to receive adequate assistance from Mexican authorities, who have largely turned...

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Bolivia Assassinations Underscore Role of Santa Cruz in Drug Trade

Bolivia Assassinations Underscore Role of Santa Cruz in Drug Trade

Recent targeted assassinations coupled with the capture of the alleged Colombian leader of a drug trafficking group linked to payback killings in Santa Cruz, Bolivia highlight the eastern province's growing status as a transnational crime...

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Ex-Intelligence Chief Arrest Shows Venezuela Military Org Crime Ties

Ex-Intelligence Chief Arrest Shows Venezuela Military Org Crime Ties

Authorities in Aruba acting on US orders have arrested a former Venezuelan intelligence chief accused of ties to Colombia's FARC guerrillas and drug trafficking, underscoring the top level collusion with organized crime that plagues Venezuela's...

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