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Sean Penn and El Chapo
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Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for El Chapo

In our November 9 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with senior editor Mike LaSusa about our recent article examining questions...
Sean Penn, El Chapo and Kate del Castillo
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Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?

When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an...
A US judge will not guarantee payment for El Chapo's lawyers
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US Judge Casts Cloud Over El Chapo’s All-Star Defense Prospects

A US judge has refused to rule out the possibility that the defense lawyers looking to represent Mexico's most famous drug lord, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, could...
Marco de la O as drug lord  Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera in the Netflix series "El Chapo"
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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,...
Most recently, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was the bogeyman who kept American officials up at night
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New Book Presents Critique of US Organized Crime Policy, Then and Now

A new book presents a blistering critique of both the origins of the US approach to organized crime and the application of the current...
Dámaso López Núñez, alias "El Lic" or "Licenciado"
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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...
Alias "El Negro," recently escaped from prison (left), and his father, alias "El Azul" (right)
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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...
Dámaso Lopez Nunez, alias "El Licenciado"
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The Successor to El Chapo: Dámaso López Núñez

Considered by the US government to be the most powerful drug dealer of all time, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, already has a...
The aftermath of the shootout in Navolato, Sinaloa
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Is ‘El Chapo’ Extradition to Blame for Climbing Violence in Mexico?

Several media reports point to the recent extradition of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán as the cause behind climbing violence in Mexico, but...
Mexico’s Marines killed "H2", a major leader of the Beltrán Leyva Organization
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Death of BLO Leader Illustrates Marines’ Decisive Role in Underworld Fight

Mexico's Marines said they had shot and killed a major leader of the Beltrán Leyva Organization, an illustration that state security forces are having an impact on...
Conflict within the Sinaloa Cartel may be linked to a spike in violence in the group's home state
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Internal Cartel Conflict Could Be behind Spike in Western Mexico Violence

Internal struggles for power between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel may have led to an increase in violence in western Mexico, the latest example of internecine...
El Chapo in US custody
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The Rise and Fall of El Chapo, According to the US Government

US prosecutors have filed a memorandum detailing the lengthy criminal career of recently extradited Mexico drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a unique look at...