El Mini Lic (left) and El Licenciado (right)

What Does Mini Lic’s Not Guilty Plea Mean for Sinaloa Cartel?

The son of a former prominent leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges in the United States, raising...
Dámaso López Serrano, alias "Mini Lic"

Son of Captured Sinaloa Cartel Leader Surrenders to US

One of the leaders of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel has turned himself in to US authorities in what could be the latest sign of fragmentation in the group's upper...
Marco de la O as drug lord  Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera in the Netflix series "El Chapo"

Fiction Merges With Facts in Netflix’s ‘El Chapo’

InSight Crime Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello reflects on the new television series "El Chapo" in light of her experience covering the real-life crime boss,...
Mexico security forces on patrol

Bloody Battle in Sinaloa, Mexico Reflects Splintering Underworld

A confrontation between security forces in Mexico's embattled state of Sinaloa and an armed group left 19 dead and 5 injured, and provided further evidence of a...
Sinaloa Cartel leader 'El Licenciado,' one of the most recently captured kingpins

Mexico President Reprises Controversial Kingpin Strategy

Recent boasting by government officials in Mexico about the country's success in capturing criminal bosses has reopened a longstanding debate about the strategic...
Guatemala declared a state of emergency in two municipalities of the San Marcos department

Guatemala Communities Clash Over Opium Crops Allegedly Tied to Mexico Cartels

Guatemala has declared a state of emergency in a border area where two local communities employed by rival Mexican cartels are fighting over poppy cultivation, a...
Dámaso López Núñez, alias "El Lic" or "Licenciado"

Sinaloa Cartel Leader ‘El Licenciado’ Arrested in Mexico City

A prominent leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and former right-hand man to Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been arrested in Mexico City, raising questions as...
Tijuana murder rates are up

What Is Behind Spiking Violence in Tijuana, Mexico?

The beginning of 2017 has brought a striking increase in violence to Tijuana, Mexico and the surrounding region, as competition between different criminal groups...
Alias "El Negro," recently escaped from prison (left), and his father, alias "El Azul" (right)

Latest Jailbreak Points to Weakness of Mexico’s Prison System

The son of a prominent Mexican drug cartel leader has escaped prison less than two months after being captured, highlighting the country's inability to keep...