Finding order amid the chaos

Supporting government and private entities in understanding, anticipating and responding to strategic threats from transnational criminal and terrorist networks in the Western Hemisphere.

IBI Consultants has decades of experience conducting investigations, training, and research in Central and South America. Using a cutting-edge research paradigm that merges granular field research with advanced open source data mining and link analysis technology, IBI can successfully identify and map transnational criminal networks and potential terrorist threats.

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Recent Media & Publications

Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, detained in Bangkok in 2008 and sentenced to serve 25 years in prison in the U.S. in 2012.in 2012.

How the ‘Merchant of Death’ could complicate Brittney Griner’s return

May 31, 2022 - News published by Yahoo Sports

Douglas Farah is quoted in this story on Russian “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout, incarcerated in the United States for massive weapons trafficking, and his possible exchange for WNBA star, Brittney Griner, imprisoned in Russia. Topics include Brittney Griner, Merchant of Death, prisoner exchange, Russia, and Viktor Bout.

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Gangs No Longer: Reassessing Transnational Armed Groups in the Western Hemisphere

May 24, 2022 - Report published by Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at NDU

This paper compares nonstate armed groups MS-13 and Primeiro Comando da Capital and assesses each group’s evolution and impact on U.S. core interests in the region. It focuses on five aspects of MS-13 and PCC composition and behavior. Topics include Bukele, CETAG, corruption, drug trafficking, MS-13, nonstate armed groups, Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), and transnational organized crime.

Douglas Farah

Putin está acorralado por invadir Ucrania

March 3, 2022 - Interview published by Código Vidrio

Douglas Farah interviewed by Arturo Torres on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, its consequences for Russia, and its impact on the global community with a focus on Latin America. Topics include BJCE, Ecuador, Russia, and Ukraine.

Recent Accomplishments

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Provided research that helped support the designation of corrupt actors

Support of USG inter-agency partners in mapping corruption structures tied to transnational organized crime in the Northern Triangle as part of the Biden Administration’s Central America anti-corruption policy.

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Uncovered illicit gold flows from the Maduro regime to the Arabian Peninsula

IBI field research uncovered illicit gold flows from the Maduro regime and other criminal actors from northern South America to the Arabian Peninsula, leading to USG enforcement action shutting down a fictitious gold export business moving tons of gold per year.

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Identified a money laundering hub in Nicaragua leading to sanctions and closures

IBI identified Banco Corporativo and associated entities in Nicaragua as a primary money laundering hub for the Ortega and the Maduro regimes and mapped its transnational operations. The investigation was crucial to the Treasury Department and the State Department initiating investigations that led to formally sanctioning the bank and the bank closing.

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