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Massive Mexico Methamphetamine Seizure Reflects Market Shifts

Authorities in Mexico have made what is almost certainly the largest seizure of methamphetamine in the country’s history, suggesting growing US demand has encouraged Mexican crime groups to increase production of the drug…

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Are Mexico Crime Groups Fueling Rise in US Overdose Deaths?

New data shows synthetic opioids are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming seizures of these drugs by US and Mexican authorities suggest that Mexican crime groups could be playing a significant role in supplying the US market…

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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.

Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Back Against US ‘Kingpin List’

Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming attempt to push back against the US Treasury Department’s recent blacklisting of two Mexican celebrities…

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

Weekly InSight: Mexico Violence, Money Laundering and Brazil-Paraguay Narco War

In our March 30 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed some of the main stories that we covered this week: a wave of recent violence against journalists in Mexico, the importance of tackling illicit financial flows in the fight against organized crime, and a brewing narco war on the border between Brazil and Paraguay…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime. You can watch the full live stream below: