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Telmo Castro – The Sinaloa Cartel’s Man in Ecuador

For Ecuador, the death of one of the country’s most notorious homegrown drug traffickers was the end of an era. But for his Mexican bosses, Telmo Castro’s...
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Fentanyl Enters Heroin Supply in Tijuana, Mexico

Drug users in Tijuana are being unwittingly exposed to the deadly opioid fentanyl in a corridor where the drug is frequently smuggled, but where the effects of the...
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InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war,...
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GameChangers 2019: 10 Predictions for Organized Crime in 2020

The year was one of political tumult, fed in no small part by organized crime and its favored weapon: corruption. The region appeared to take a step backwards...
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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...