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Elites, Organized Crime Share Long History in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Elites, Organized Crime Share Long History in Tamaulipas, Mexico

The future of the recently elected governor in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico’s most criminally infested states, depends on punishing his predecessors for past sins of corruption and collusion with criminal networks, according to the author of a new book on the subject.

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Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

A new report from the US Congressional Research Service details the importance of trade-based money laundering for criminal networks in...

Guatemala Struggles to Prosecute Extortion in Capital

Guatemala Struggles to Prosecute Extortion in Capital

A recent report on extortion in Guatemala indicates that the criminal practice is mostly an urban phenomenon perpetrated by gang...

El Salvador Inmates Using WhatsApp for Extortion: Official

El Salvador Inmates Using WhatsApp for Extortion: Official

Inmates in El Salvador are reportedly conducting extortion operations via smartphones despite new measures to curb the criminal activity, showcasing how...

Clashes Reflect New Dynamics of Criminal Violence in Mexico

Clashes Reflect New Dynamics of Criminal Violence in Mexico

Recent clashes between armed groups on the home turf of captured Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán illustrate how...

Colombia Dismantles Urabeños Cocaine Trafficking Network

Colombia Dismantles Urabeños Cocaine Trafficking Network

The recent bust of a drug trafficking network linked to the Urabeños criminal organization exemplifies the type of increased pressure Colombia's...

Mexico Sees Most Violent Month Since Calderon Era

Mexico Sees Most Violent Month Since Calderon Era

The number of homicides in May reached levels unseen during the administration of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, and the fact...

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Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

As Guatemala's Congress gears up to select new Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges, InSight Crime is investigating how organized crime influences the selection process. This story details the interests of one particular political bloc vying for control over the courts and what's at stake: millions of ...

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call themselves, the "Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia," have won.

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

 Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups.

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm. ...

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce -- which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 -- has changed the conventional thinking about who the gangs are and what is the best way to handle the most difficult law and order ...

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.

Juarez after the War

Juarez after the War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting -- asking who ...