Drug War

Weekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policies Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security

In our May 11 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime’s coverage of shifting US policies toward Latin America, and how these changes could impact organized crime and security in the region…

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Talking about Colombia Coca Production on InSight Crime’s “Weekly InSight”

I joined Senior Investigators Deborah Bonello and Héctor Silva Ávalos for InSight Crime’s weekly Facebook Live session today, where we discussed new White House estimates of coca production in Colombia, the future of the Sinaloa Cartel after “El Chapo,” and the close ties between elites and organized crime in Latin America. You can watch the full video at this link, or embedded below:

US Estimates Highest-Ever Colombia Coca Production

New US government estimates of coca production in Colombia indicate the South American country is growing more of the drug-producing crop than ever before, a development that is likely driving changes in underworld dynamics across the Americas and the globe…

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Report Highlights Continued Growth in LatAm Drug Consumption

The latest annual report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) describes a continuing trend of growing drug use in the Americas, and encourages countries to seek “non-punitive” solutions for dealing with this issue…

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Mexico’s War on Crime: A Decade of (Militarized) Failure

This week marks ten years since Mexico‘s government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country’s criminal organizations, but while many criminal leaders have been captured or killed, a decade of confrontation has failed to substantially improve the nation’s security situation…

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Alleged Honduras Kingpin Wanted by US Captured in Costa Rica

The alleged head of one of the most powerful drug trafficking groups in Honduras has been captured in Costa Rica and will reportedly be extradited to the United States, where he could reveal information about the involvement of the Honduran military and elites in the drug trade…

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