Investigations

Fentanyl pills bag

Mexico’s Role in the Deadly Rise of Fentanyl

This investigative series looks at the role that Mexico and its cartels have played in making the lethal opioid fentanyl a growing threat in...

Illicit Campaign Financing in Guatemala

This three-part investigative series looks at how the last three winners of the presidency in Guatemala financed their campaigns using hidden funds from drug...

Venezuela: A Mafia State?

This investigation, the product of three years of field research, looks at the exponential growth of organized crime in Venezuela and the consequences of...

Impunity in the Northern Triangle

In Central America's Northern Triangle, impunity can be won with money, contacts and coercion. And the same rules apply whether you're a high-level government...

The MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is the hemisphere's largest, most formidable and increasingly its most sophisticated street gang. This ongoing investigative series tackles its evolution...

Electing Criminals: Municipal Power and Organized Crime in the Northern Triangle

In Central America’s Northern Triangle, organized crime has permeated national politics by corrupting local governments. This series presents the stories of three mayors in...

Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

In Honduras, most homicides are committed using a firearm. This special investigation tracks how those weapons get into the hands of the killers that...

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM

Emerging from the ashes of Colombia’s bloody paramilitary counter-insurgency in the mid-2000s came a new type of criminal network Colombia's authorities christened "bandas criminales"...

Homicides in Guatemala

This project explores the challenges and lessons of disaggregating gang-related and drug trafficking-related murders.

The Prison Dilemma in the Americas

This series of five case studies and one policy report explores how government mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime

Guatemala's elites are a mix of businessmen, politicians and security forces who, as these case studies show, regularly interact with organized crime in order...

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime

Colombia's civil war has raged for generations and, as this series shows, has helped forge deep and lasting bonds between the country's elites and...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime

Honduras elites have worked with organized crime for decades. These case studies illustrate the deep connections they share in business, politics and even security...

Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

Elites and organized crime cross paths in more than one way. This introductory section explains how and why we decided to spend three years...

Gangs in Honduras

In a new report based on extensive field research, InSight Crime and the Asociacion para una Sociedad mas Justa have traced how Honduras' two...

Evo’s Challenge: Bolivia the Drug Hub

As Evo wins another five years in power, he faces the reality that his country is turning into a center for drug trafficking in...

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

The FARC is the hemisphere's oldest and largest insurgency. InSight Crime explores the group's roots, its growth and its efforts to strike a peace...

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,...

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:...

Backroom Justice – The War for Guatemala’s Courts

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime investigates the backroom...

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production,...

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...

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 --...

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the majority of Colombians want to see peace, for themselves and...

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...

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...
Zetas' leader Balazar Saucedo Estrada after being captured

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest security...

Violence against Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges...

Displacement in Latin America

In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and slavery...

Criminal Slavery in Latin America

In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and slavery...

Nicaragua Paradise Lost

InSight Crime investigates how the death of a popular singer has highlighted the links of Nicaragua's acclaimed police with organized crime in the country...

Legalization – The Gorilla In The Room

Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of...

The Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made...

Gun Runners: Arms Trafficking to Mexico

The GunRunners joint investigative project -- which includes Frontline, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Project -- tracks the entire distribution...

Costa Rica in the Crosshairs

In this three-part series, investigator Michael Porth examines the steps that Costa Rica, long one of the most peaceful countries in the region, is...