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Two Mexico Cartel Rivals, Once Reeling, Now Resurging

...top leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez , alias “El Coss.” Security analysts consulted by InSight Crime speculated that this resurgence in Monterrey may also be related to the deterioration...

The Corrupt Alliance of Two Former Presidents in El Salvador

...large part thanks to corruption, shady dealings and the use of state institutions for private purposes. Funes used the OIE, according to his own words , to provide himself...

The Fall of Álex Saab, the Venezuelan Regime’s Trusted Money Man

...illicit cash flows in the face of US sanctions. Saab was captured June 12 at the Amílcar Cabral airport on Cabo Verde’s Sal island in West Africa, when the...

How Organized Crime & Corruption Intersect in LatAm

...order to facilitate business, organized crime groups corrupt certain elements of the state — particularly the security forces and the judiciary. Organized crime has also shown an interest in...
Camilo Torres Martinez, alias 'Fritanga'

Saga of Narco-Playboy Shows Weakness of Colombia’s Prison System

...in Bogota, one of Colombia’s most high-security institutions. However, his stay was short. Within a month of his arrival, Fritanga, along with another alleged drug trafficker, Andres Arroyave, alias...

In Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras, Prosecutors Will Fall Short*

...mishandling of the case, and the family in question has powerful friends. Who’s on Trial and Who’s Not In total, eight men will stand trial. Security forces in Honduras...
Migrants face a tough road north - Photo: Majo Siscar

The Buses (and Bribes) of a Migrant’s Journey Through Mexico

...was being held in and deported him. Photo by Majo Siscar.  After arriving in Tapachula, Pedro decided to pay for private transport to Arriaga in order to avoid the...
Venezuela’s latest political crisis brought demonstrators to the streets

How Will Venezuela Supreme Court Reversal Impact Organized Crime?

...Nicolás Maduro retains the right to create mixed public-private enterprises without the approval of the National Assembly, as well as the power to reform the country’s hydrocarbons law. This...
Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt during his trial

The War of Paz y Paz: The Victims

...became formidable in the northwest. Paz y Paz, who is intensely private, does not speak publicly about her family, and she has never been connected to the group in...
The Supreme Court in Honduras

Honduras Extraditions Hint at Ongoing Weakness in Judicial System

...the United States, reported El Heraldo. Sources close the Security Ministry say the group was in charge of many of the Valle organization’s drug trafficking operations. A police source...
US financial institutions are helping fight human trafficking

How Financial Institutions Lead Way in Battle Against Human Trafficking

...enforcement,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance at the group’s first meeting. In the US, the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm have been...
Seven of the eight men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres await jail time

Guilty Verdict in Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras is Partial Justice

...served. Prosecutors found seven of the defendants, Sergio Ramón Rodríguez, an engineer for Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA); Douglas Geovanny Bustillo, DESA’s former head of security and a retired military...