Venezuela

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.

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Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Two nephews of Venezuela‘s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court, with several pieces of evidence presented during the trial pointing to complicity in the drug trade by high-level figures in the Venezuelan government…

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

Venezuela First Lady’s Brother Implicated in International Drug Deal

The brother of Venezuela’s first lady reportedly set up an international cocaine trafficking deal that landed her nephews in US federal court, another indication that involvement in the drug trade reaches high levels of the Venezuelan government…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Venezuela Charges Low-Ranking Guardsmen in High-Level Drug Deal

Venezuelan authorities charged four National Guard members with plotting to traffic a load of cocaine to Mexico, but the low ranks of the officers point to the government’s reluctance to tackle corruption higher up the chain of command…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Venezuela President’s Cabinet Choice Further Politicizes Drug Cases

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has named a man US authorities accused of drug trafficking as the country’s new Interior minister, a move that further politicizes a series of drug cases brought by the United States against Venezuelan officials…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

US Charges Fmr Venezuela Anti-Drug Officials with Cocaine Trafficking

US officials have formally announced cocaine trafficking charges against two men who previously served in top positions in Venezuela‘s national anti-narcotics agency, a major indictment that comes in the midst of a highly contentious political atmosphere in the country…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Witness Killings Deepen Mystery in Venezuela ‘Narco Nephews’ Case

At least two witnesses in a politically-charged drug case involving relatives of Venezuela‘s president have reportedly been murdered, raising questions about whether the so-called “narco nephews” were part of a larger trafficking operation…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.