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The Role of Music in the MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) murders people, assaults people, takes over neighborhoods ... and makes...
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How Medellín’s Most Crime-Ridden Area Became a Top Tourist Destination

An area of Medellín once considered one of the most violent and crime-ridden places in Latin America is emerging as an attractive spot...
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Medellín Exhibition Commemorates Violence, Resistance in Colombia

Medellín, Colombia is a city of paradoxes. Its multifacted nature is showcased in a powerful new exhibition that tells a story of local resistance to decades of...
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Spain Arrests Alleged Colombia Drug Kingpin Hiding in the Limelight

Authorities in Spain have arrested a Colombian with celebrity connections on accusations that he used his jet-set lifestyle as cover for his role...
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At Rio Carnival, Crime and Corruption Overshadow Brazil’s Biggest Party

Brazil’s biggest annual celebration came to a close amid several indications of deepening insecurity in Rio de Janeiro, as well as ongoing concerns about...
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Colombia ‘Narco Junior’ Lived Double Life as Jet-Setter and Medellín Crime Boss: Authorities

Authorities in Colombia arrested the son of a late Medellín Cartel trafficker on charges that he held a leadership role within the crime group that succeeded Pablo...
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Documentary Series Examines Role of Mexico’s Crime Groups in US Opioid Crisis

A new documentary series exploring the opioid epidemic ravaging cities across the United States underscores the role of Mexican organized crime groups in the...
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In Brazil, Religious Gang Leaders Say They’re Waging a Holy War

The expression “evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in Rio de Janeiro, it’s an increasingly familiar phenomenon. Charismatic...
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InSight Crime’s Favorite Fan Mail of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, InSight Crime takes a look back at some of our favorite interactions with our audience this year. Some are genuinely nice notes of thanks...
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In Honduras, the Law of the Jungle Abides

A zoo full of wild beasts founded by a murderous drug trafficker; a millionaire banker who finances a drug cartel and breeds crocodiles out of passion; and a...
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...