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Investigation Highlights Miami’s Role in Turning ‘Dirty Gold’ Into ‘Clean Cash’

A new journalistic investigation reveals the inner workings of Miami’s dirty gold trade, which has helped powerful Latin American crime groups whitewash their...
Colombian authorities arrest a BACRIM

Weekly InSight: InSide Colombia’s BACRIM

In our July 13 Facebook Live, Executive Director Jeremy McDermott spoke to InSight Crime investigator James Bargent about what are known as "bandas criminales" or...
Satellite photos showing deforestation caused by illegal mining in Peru

Peru Authorities Struggle to Combat Illegal Mining as Deforestation Continues

Peru has lost hundreds of hectares of rainforests to illegal mining in recent months, a reminder of the environmental damage caused by the illegal practice and the...
Greivin Rodríguez identifies a river contaminated from illegal gold mining in Crucitas

Illegal Gold Mining in Costa Rica Suggests Diversifying Criminal Landscape

Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in...
An illegal mine in Peru's Madre de Dios department

Peru-US Gold Case Shows How Importer Shifted Gears

The case of a gold importer who raked in billions of dollars from illegal mines allegedly run by South American crime groups shows how the importer, when faced with...
Urabeños paramilitaries and ELN guerrillas clash in Chocó

Violent History Repeats Itself in Colombia’s Strategic Chocó Department

The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone's valuable...
A policeman in front of an abandoned gold mine in La Pampa

Illegal Gold Mining Fueling Crime, Violence in Peru

A high-ranking Peruvian police officer recently linked rising violence in Madre de Dios to the region’s illegal gold mining industry, highlighting the various...
Illegal gold is increasing in importance as a source of revenue for crime groups

Illegal Mining a Golden Opportunity for Mexico Crime Groups

A prominent Mexican activist turned government official recently called attention to the ties between organized crime and the nation's mining industry, sounding an...
Alluvial gold mining in Antioquia, Colombia

Expert Says 88% of Colombia’s Gold Produced Illegally

The vast majority of gold in Colombia's mines is extracted illegally, according to one expert, underscoring the importance of this illegal economy as the country...
Alluvial gold mining affects nearly 79,000 hectares of land in Colombia

Negative Effects of Informal Gold Mining in Colombia Widespread: Report

The findings of a recent report highlight the disastrous environmental impacts of unregulated gold mining in Colombia and its geographical correlation with...
Peru's presidential frontrunner, Keiko Fujimori

With Election Looming, Peru’s Fujimori Courts Illegal Miners

Peru's presidential frontrunner Keiko Fujimori is courting the country's sizable illegal mining population ahead of the upcoming election, a new report states,...
Satellite photos showing environmental damage caused by illegal mining in Peru

Illegal Mining Linked to Environmental, Health Emergency in Peru

The Peruvian government has announced a 60-day state of emergency in the southwestern state of Madre de Dios due to mercury contamination linked to illegal mining,...