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El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money with Panama Companies

El Salvador Crime Boss Allegedly Laundered Money with Panama Companies

José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," has been accused of laundering money via shell companies in Panama, a reminder of the important role these corporate structures play for criminal groups in Latin America.

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who was arrested on April 4 on money laundering charges.

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money laundering charges in home country, El Salvador.

Report Recommends Less Repressive Approach to Gang Problem in CentAm

Report Recommends Less Repressive Approach to Gang Problem in CentAm

A new report by a leading watchdog and policy group says that Central America's Northern Triangle governments should find a middle ground that balances the need for engaging with the region's violent street gangs, while still maintaining the rule of law and the governments' legitimacy.

Arrest of Top MS13 Gang Leader in Guatemala Highlights Cooperation

Arrest of Top MS13 Gang Leader in Guatemala Highlights Cooperation

The arrest in Guatemala of a high-ranking MS13 leader wanted by El Salvador's authorities illustrates how regional cooperation yields results, even while raising questions on how best to tackle the regional migration of the powerful gang members.

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.