Related Articles

Colombia Govt Claims Success Against Urabeños, But Group Remains Strong

Colombia Govt Claims Success Against Urabeños, But Group Remains Strong

A recent series of deadly attacks against police in Colombia attributed to the Urabeños hasn't stopped authorities from trumpeting their successes against the criminal group, despite evidence of the Urabeños' persistent strength.

Former Pablo Escobar Associate Killed in Medellín, Colombia

Former Pablo Escobar Associate Killed in Medellín, Colombia

A former associate of Pablo Escobar was killed in Colombia's second-largest city, leading to speculation that he continued to traffic drugs long after the fall of the Medellín Cartel.

Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia's Peace

Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia's Peace

A former FARC guerrilla has been murdered in Colombia's embattled southwest department of Nariño, a reminder of the political and criminal risks faced by the former combatants as they demobilize and the country struggles to transition towards peace.

Large Colombia Cocaine Seizure Points to Urabeños Strength

Large Colombia Cocaine Seizure Points to Urabeños Strength

Authorities in Colombia seized a multi-ton cocaine shipment belonging to Colombia's most powerful crime group, showing that despite divisions within its leadership, the criminal organization remains a major force in the drug trade.*

Colombian Criminal Arrest Reminder of Dissolved Cartel’s Influence

Colombian Criminal Arrest Reminder of Dissolved Cartel’s Influence

Authorities arrested a former leader of a now dissolved Colombian drug trafficking organization, a sign that the group's legacy in the country's underworld lives on. 

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call themselves, the "Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia," have won.