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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...
Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z40," was a top commander of the Zetas
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What Three New Books on the Zetas Tell Us About the Legendary Crime Group

No criminal organization illustrates the life-and-death struggle that has embroiled Mexico over the past decade better than the Zetas. Three new books offer a look...
The logo of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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New Shows Examine CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Drug Trade

A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the erection of Latin American drug routes, and while neither...
Ivan da Silva Martins with City of God co-stars
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Life Imitates Art: ‘City of God’ Actor Accused of Killing Rio Cop

Fifteen years after the release of one of Brazil's most famous movies, a man who played a drug trafficker in the film has been accused of becoming a real-life gang...
Martin Corona was an enforcer for the Tijuana Cartel
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Former Tijuana Cartel Hitman’s Memoir Keeps Crime Group in the Background

In "Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man," former Tijuana Cartel enforcer Martin Corona traces his rise through the ranks of the hegemonic crime group during...
Actor Marco de la O, who plays "El Chapo" in the new television series
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Weekly InSight: Mexico Organized Crime in Film and TV, Fact vs. Fiction

In our July 27 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello spoke with Gerardo Reyes, the vice president of the investigative unit at Univision, about...
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,...
Young men walk past a mural in Comuna 13 depicting white flags that represent peace.
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Weekly InSight: Can Hip Hop Help Stop Gang Violence in Latin America?

In our July 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and independent journalist Angelika Albaladejo talked about her recent investigation of hip hop...