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Urabeños, Social Control and Coca Corridors in Colombia

Urabeños, Social Control and Coca Corridors in Colombia

A report says Colombia's Urabeños criminal group has subjected 3,000 people to siege-like conditions in a town in the northeastern province of Bolivar, an unusual tactic that highlights the degree of social control the group...

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Brazil Busts Group Responsible for Mass Deforestation in Amazon

Brazil Busts Group Responsible for Mass Deforestation in Amazon

Authorities in Brazil have dismantled a criminal network they claim is the principal organization profiting from the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, in a rare victory against the widespread impunity enjoyed... Read more

Evidence Points to Sinaloa Cartel Behind Multi-ton Peru Cocaine Haul

Evidence Points to Sinaloa Cartel Behind Multi-ton Peru Cocaine Haul

Officials in Peru have said the two companies whose shipments of coal were found to contain tons of cocaine earlier this week were set up as fronts by Mexican drug... Read more

Is Pablo Escobar Treasure Hunt Linked to Hitman's Early Release?

Is Pablo Escobar Treasure Hunt Linked to Hitman's Early Release?

Reports of armed men seeking a buried chest belonging to Pablo Escobar in Medellin, Colombia have sparked speculation of a criminal treasure hunt linked to the early release from prison... Read more

Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

Colombia Arrests Show Criminal-Political Ties Die Hard

Thirty-two public figures, including former and current politicians, have been arrested in Colombia's northwestern Uraba region for ties to paramilitaries, in a case highlighting the continued specter of political-criminal ties. Read more

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La Tuta

La Tuta

Servando Gomez Martinez, alias "La Tuta," is a former high-ranking member of the Familia Michoacana,... Read more

Familia Michoacana

Familia Michoacana

At the height of its power, the Familia Michoacana’s brutal tactics, strong base of operations... Read more

MS13

MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western... 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

Cachiros

Cachiros

The Cachiros are one of Honduras’ largest transport groups, with a net worth close to... Read more

Valles

Valles

The Valles are one of Honduras' largest transport groups, using their base in Copan province,... 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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Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Presidents in Central America have blamed US drug policy for fueling the ongoing child migrant crisis, but the violence, unemployment and underdevelopment fueling this flight has more to do with the way the elites run...

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Police, Gangs Behind Abuse of Honduras' LGBTI Community

Police, Gangs Behind Abuse of Honduras' LGBTI Community

The principal victimizers of Honduras' LGBTI community are police and criminal gangs, according to a new report by local rights groups, highlighting how discrimination against minorities relates to the security dynamic.

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Nicaragua Cattle Smuggled to Honduras

Nicaragua Cattle Smuggled to Honduras

Cattle-running groups have reportedly illegally transported 22,000 heads of cattle from eastern Nicaragua to Honduras in three months, highlighting the size of a trade that allegedly relies on corrupt officials and large landowners. 

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