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Fraud, Contraband Equivalent to 3.5% of Guatemala GDP: Report

Fraud, Contraband Equivalent to 3.5% of Guatemala GDP: Report

Profits from customs fraud and contraband in Guatemala amounted to almost $2.3 billion in 2015 according to a new report, highlighting how commercial crime networks extend far beyond the operations of the disgraced former government.

Arrest of Guatemala First Family Not Yet a Return of Mafia State

Arrest of Guatemala First Family Not Yet a Return of Mafia State

The brother and son of Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales, elected in 2015 on an anti-graft platform, were arrested for their alleged involvement in corruption, but the case is still a far cry from the one that took down the previous head of state. 

Violence in Mexico’s Tourism Epicenter Points to Cartel Conflict

Violence in Mexico’s Tourism Epicenter Points to Cartel Conflict

A recent wave of violence in Mexico's most important tourism corridor has sparked fears about new conflicts between drug cartels seeking to gain control over the area.

More Zetas Accusations Do Little to Slow Mexico Politician’s Roll

More Zetas Accusations Do Little to Slow Mexico Politician’s Roll

The testimony of an alleged former Zetas' plaza boss illustrates how deep the criminal syndicate's networks penetrated Coahuila's government in Mexico, a fact that has done little to impede the political ambitions of the former governor and the party boss implicated in the case.

GameChangers 2016: Red Flags for 2017

GameChangers 2016: Red Flags for 2017

At the end of every year, InSight Crime looks into the crystal ball and predicts what the big criminal risks are likely to be during 2017. These are what we see as the threats facing the Americas in the coming year.

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made alliances with locals that permit them to launder their proceeds through agribusiness and public works contracts. They have also introduced a new way of operating. Beyond controlling the distribution chains and infrastructure needed to run the day-to-day operations, the Zetas are focused on controlling territory. In this they are the experts, creating a ruthless and intimidating force that is willing to take the fight to a new, often macabre level.