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Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo 'Don Mario'

Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo 'Don Mario'

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has signed the order that will send drug trafficker and former paramilitary chief Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias "Don Mario," to the US, following a drawn out case that has raised questions relevant to the current peace process with the FARC guerrillas.  Read More

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Despite the government's advances in security over the last decade, at least a half dozen major criminal groups still operate in Colombia. Several of them have put ideology aside and focus on drug production, trafficking and distribution on a local level, even while they continue to move arms, launder money, kidnap and extort. The complicated panorama has been fueled by the recent demobilization of thousands of right-wing paramilitaries and left-wing guerrillas. These ready recruits and experienced fighters have pushed levels of violence to their previous marks in some areas, particularly in urban settings where they seek to push more consumption. Mexican trafficking groups appear to be taking advantage of the chaos, making the long-term prospects grim.

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  • Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo 'Don Mario'

    Colombian drug capo 'Don Mario'

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has signed the order that will send drug trafficker and former paramilitary chief Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias "Don Mario," to the US, following a drawn out case that has raised questions relevant to the current peace process with the FARC guerrillas. 

  • Three Questions as Colombia's Peace Talks Resume

    More than three weeks after suspending talks with guerrilla group the FARC, the Colombian government has resumed negotiations with the rebels. But one of the toughest questions yet lies ahead for the peace process: will Colombia need to change its laws to assure guerrillas who may demobilize that they won't be extradited to the US on drug trafficking charges, and if so, will the public tolerate it? 

  • Top 5 Heists by Security Forces in Latin America

    A container with cash stolen by police in Honduras

    From stealing chickens to hiding millions discovered in remote jungles, security forces in Latin America have been involved in a number of high-profile thefts. InSight Crime counts down the top heists committed by police and military in the region.

  • UN Measures Colombia's Conflict During Peace Talks

    Members of Colombia's guerrilla group FARC

    A new United Nations report provides some sense of the scale of Colombia's conflict since rebel group the FARC began peace talks with the government in 2012, as negotiations reinitiated on December 10, following the capture of a military general in November.

  • What US Heroin Seizures Tell Us about the Market

    Heroin seized in the US

    A new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report said the majority of heroin seized by US authorities in 2012 was sourced to South America, a somewhat surprising statistic that may point to a disturbing reality: the US is running blind when it comes to understanding the increasingly potent and lucrative heroin networks.

  • Colombians Use Chemical Expertise to Move Cocaine into Spain

    Spanish police inspect seized cargo laced with cocaine

    Police in Spain have dismantled a multinational drug trafficking network led by Colombians that is the latest example of how traffickers use sophisticated chemical processes to disguise cocaine shipments.

  • Colombia President Proposes Making Drug Trafficking a 'Political Crime'

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos

    In a radio interview, President Juan Manuel Santos said that Colombia should consider expanding its definition of political crimes to include drug trafficking, sparking debate and raising questions about whether the political environment exists to push such a reform through.

  • Top 10 Tales from Pablo Escobar’s Son’s Book

    Pablo Escobar and his son Juan Pablo

    In the book "Pablo Escobar My Father," the notorious drug lord's only son, Juan Pablo Escobar, recounts his memories of his father and the moments that marked Colombia's history. InSight Crime looks at the most intriguing tales. 

  • How Organized Crime & Corruption Intersect in LatAm

    As Transparency International publishes its annual rankings on corruption, InSight Crime looks at how corruption is impacted in Latin America by one of its most powerful promoters: organized crime. 

  • Why Is Choco A Haven for Colombia's Criminal Groups?

    Members of Colombia's military in Choco

    The kidnapping of a military general by FARC rebels operating in Colombia's Pacific state of Choco -- which led to the suspension of peace talks with the government -- has shone a spotlight on the organized crime dynamics present in the country's most valuable criminal real estate.