US Congressional Hearing Renews Debate on Efficacy of ‘Kingpin List’

A recent US congressional hearing on the effectiveness of financially sanctioning criminal organizations illustrated some of the flaws in the practice and also provided suggestions for how to improve it…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Report Unravels Transnational Strands of Costa Rica Drug Trade

A recent report has shed new light on the dynamics of the drug trade in Costa Rica, highlighting how transnational criminal groups have co-opted local individuals and industries to further their criminal enterprises…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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 surrounding Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo’s 2015 meeting with Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán…

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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 October 2015 meeting the kingpin held with Hollywood star Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Now, extensive reporting by InSight Crime combined with evidence presented in a new documentary film series has called into question details of various narratives surrounding these events…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Citizens Lack Trust in Rio Military Police but See Few Alternatives

Brazil’s justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro’s military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show citizens lack trust in the force. But “cariocas,” as the city’s residents are known locally, seem to be at a loss for alternatives to the notoriously corrupt and abusive security body…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: Special Investigation of Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador

In our November 2 Facebook Live session, senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime’s new investigation of the criminal ties of José Elías Hernández, the former mayor of Apopa, El Salvador

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Brazil Lacks Coherent Plan to Deal With ‘National Emergency’ of Insecurity

Brazil’s president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a “national emergency.” But contrary to official rhetoric, the government does not appear to have a coherent plan to address the main drivers of violence and crime…

This piece was co-authored with Angelika Albaladejo. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.