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MS13 Is a Street Gang, Not a Drug Cartel — and the Difference Matters

President Donald Trump cites the MS13 to justify his administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration from Latin America. There’s a problem here -- and it’s...

Fugitive El Salvador Mayor Accused of Aiding Transnational Organized Crime

Recent accusations against a former mayor in El Salvador of exchanging real estate with a drug trafficker are yet further proof of the entrenched relationship...

Guatemala Changes Army’s Role Amid Political Crisis

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales' announced reduction of the role of the military in citizen security matters looks like a brazen attempt to score political points...

Colombia’s Last Guerrillas Fight Over Cocaine Hub

On the same day that Colombia’s biggest guerrilla group, the ELN, resumed peace talks with the government, on 15 March reports emerged of a battle between the...

Northern Triangle Attorneys General Facing Setbacks in Fight Against Corruption

In just under two months, the president of Guatemala will appoint a new attorney general. Before the end of the year, the congresses of El Salvador and Honduras...

Ex-FARC Mafia Boss Had Cocaine Network, Mexico Ties

The recent arrest of an ex-FARC criminal boss who controlled swathes of drug trafficking territory points to a key scenario in Colombia’s new criminal era:...

UN Points to Abuses, Cover Up in Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Investigation

A United Nation’s body has accused Mexico's government of fabricating evidence and using torture to force confessions during its investigation into the...

Weekly InSight: Colombia’s ‘Invisibles’ – the New Generation of Drug Traffickers

InSight Crime's co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello dug into our latest report this week -- ‘The Invisibles’: Colombia’s new...

A Month In, Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Potential and Risk

It’s been a month since Brazil’s President Michel Temer signed a decree authorizing the military to take control of security in the state of Rio De Janeiro to...

Bolivia Prison Raid Highlights Control of Inmates

Authorities in Bolivia seized large quantities of drugs and weapons and several inmates were killed during a police raid at the country’s largest and most...

Canadian Company Custom-Made Encrypted Phones for Cartels: FBI

US authorities have arrested the head of a Canadian company that allegedly made millions of dollars selling mobile phones optimized for concealing criminal...

How Will US State Department Shake-Up Impact LatAm Crime Fighting?

US President Donald Trump has announced that current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a move that may be aimed at...