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GameChangers 2019: Mexico’s Body Count Soars as AMLO Out of Ideas

It was always going to be a thankless task. When President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December of 2018, Mexico was undergoing the most violent...
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GameChangers 2019: Backwards to the Future

Welcome to InSight Crime's Criminal GameChangers 2019, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year....
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Leadership Role of Women Often Overlooked in Mexico’s Organized Crime Landscape

A woman from Mexico’s drug trade heartland has been convicted in the United States for leading a sophisticated international trafficking network, highlighting the...
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Gulf of Mexico Oil Industry Reeling From Hundreds of Pirate Attacks in 2019

The seizure of an Italian oil supply vessel by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico in November, in which two crew were injured, was but the latest in a series of hundreds...
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Mexico’s Former Top Security Official Indicted on US Drug Charges

US authorities have arrested the former top security official in Mexico during the administration of former President Felipe Calderón on drug charges and taking...
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InSight Crime Conference Talks Trends, Perspectives on LatAm Organized Crime

For the second consecutive year, some of Latin America’s leading academics and experts in the field of organized crime convened in the Colombian capital of...
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Bogotá Raid Shows Importance of Mexico Cartels for Colombian Coca

The dismantling of an international drug trafficking organization led by a powerful Mexican cartel is yet another example of how their money fuels much of...
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How Mexico’s ‘Small Armies’ Came to Commit a Massacre

Two lesser-known criminal groups have grabbed headlines in recent weeks for their role in the brazen ambush and murder of women and children in northern Mexico, but...
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Mexico’s Oil Thieves Have Moved Into Extortion in Guanajuato

While the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has faced the brunt of the Mexican government’s war against oil theft, it has used its clout in the state of Guanajuato to...