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A Death Foretold: Colombia’s Crop Substitution Program

The government’s failure to comply with the coca crops substitution program in Colombia has left the future of almost 100,000 families in limbo and sets up a...
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Mexico City Sounds Alarm on Potential Transformation of Its Gangs

Authorities in Mexico have identified seven gangs that are posing major security threats in the country’s capital, although their status and potential impact on...
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Glyphosate Alone Won’t Fix Colombia’s Complex Coca Woes

Colombia’s Constitutional Court is debating lifting a judicial ban on the spraying of glyphosate during the controversial aerial fumigation of illicit coca crops,...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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The Fentanyl Trade Through Mexico, Explained in 8 Graphs

Fentanyl use is booming in the United States. With support from the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, InSight Crime...
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Bulgarian Biochemist in Mexico Gives Glimpse of the Future

In January 2018, US authorities began following a Bulgarian biochemist named Antov Petrov Kulkin who they believed was running a small carfentanil/fentanyl...
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A Sinaloa Connection in Buffalo, New York?

The sea cucumber arrived. Then more arrived. Then more. It was a lot, investigators noted—too much for that northwestern corner of New York state. The...
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InSight Crime’s 2018 Homicide Round-Up

With a worsening crisis in Venezuela, dark days in Nicaragua, an ever more fragile peace process in Colombia, new governments and new ideas in Brazil, Mexico and...
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The CICIG Head’s Rocky Road Out of Guatemala: A Timeline

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales' decision not to renew the mandate of the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión...
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President Jimmy Morales’ (and Guatemala’s) ‘Original Sin’

It was just five months after he’d been sworn in as president of Guatemala that Jimmy Morales was in trouble. The date was May 5, 2016, and an auditor appointed...
Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AP 
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Dominican Republic and Venezuela: Cocaine Across the Caribbean

Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing...
Photo: Arnulfo Franco
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Honduras and Venezuela: Coup and Cocaine Air Bridge  

On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2009, Honduran soldiers burst into the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, rustled President...