El Chapo

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…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime. Watch the full video below:

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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.

Son of Captured Sinaloa Cartel Leader Surrenders to US

One of the leaders of Mexico‘s Sinaloa Cartel has turned himself in to US authorities in what could be the latest sign of fragmentation in the group’s upper echelons, a trend that has become increasingly evident since the extradition of legendary kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán earlier this year…

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

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:

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 the fragmentation of Mexico‘s underworld is changing the dynamics of criminal violence in the country…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Mapping El Chapo’s Reported Hideouts

Following allegations that Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman flew his way to safety in Venezuela, InSight Crime created a pair of interactive maps showing the reported whereabouts over the past several months of one of the world’s most wanted criminals.

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Building the case against El Chapo: lost legal legwork yet another reason why his escape is a step backward

Looking at the timeline of arrests, extraditions and deals in recent months, it looks like the United States was moving to make the case against El Chapo completely airtight, allowing Mexico to detain him until U.S. officials were completely ready to make the official extradition request…

This piece was co-authored with Sarah Kinosian. Read it in its entirety at Security Assistance Monitor.