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Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for...

In our November 9 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with senior editor Mike LaSusa about our recent article examining questions surrounding Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo's 2015 meeting with Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán....

Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?

When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an October 2015 meeting...

What Three New Books on the Zetas Tell Us About the Legendary Crime Group

No criminal organization illustrates the life-and-death struggle that has embroiled Mexico over the past decade better than the Zetas. Three new books offer a look back at the...

New Shows Examine CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Drug Trade

A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the erection of Latin American drug routes, and while neither breaks much new...

Life Imitates Art: ‘City of God’ Actor Accused of Killing Rio Cop

Fifteen years after the release of one of Brazil's most famous movies, a man who played a drug trafficker in the film has been accused of becoming a real-life gang boss,...

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Mexico’s Narco Soap Operas Do More Than Just Glorify Drug Trade

The growing backlash against Mexican soap operas revolving around the drug trade and...

Popstar Children of Knights Templar Leader Glamorize Narco-Culture

The children of a drug cartel leader in Mexico have reportedly become pop singers, and...

Popeye: The Hitman Turned Web Star

He often describes himself as the "living memory" of the Medellín Cartel, but the truth...

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