Binational kidnapping gangs made up of Colombians and Venezuelans are spreading from the border states into central Venezuela, fuelling a trend that has seen Venezuela overtake Colombia as a kidnapping hotspot.
A spate of recent arrests suggests the Italian mafia may be making a comeback in Colombia, where the fractured criminal landscape makes it easier for them to exert control over the drug trade.
The president of Colombia's Liberal Party has accused disgraced brokerage firm Interbolsa of laundering money for drug traffickers, guerrillas, and corrupt politicians, as the financial scandal continues to unravel.
Paramilitary commanders from the demobilized AUC can now begin applying for parole, highlighting what many see as a weaknesses in that process, and what many others say must be different with regards to the current government negotiation with Colombia's guerrilla groups.
Colombian sex traffickers are moving away from the lucrative markets in Asia and Europe and turning towards destinations within Latin America, according to a new report, which suggests traffickers are favoring lower risks over higher profits.
The arrest of a former paramilitary leader who wielded significant power along the Caribbean coast could open the way for criminal organization the Urabeños to further consolidate their rule in the region.
Colombia continues to have the world's largest internally displaced population, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), with hundreds of thousands displaced in 2012 by the country's internal conflict and the activities of organized crime groups.
Colombian officials have seized 11 tons of contraband meat near the border with Venezuela, which authorities have linked to the money laundering operations of guerrillas and other drug trafficking organizations.
Colombian authorities say that criminal group the Urabeños now has more members than the country's second-largest guerrilla organization the National Liberation Army (ELN), highlighting the Urabeños' successful expansion.
A leader of one of Italy's most powerful mafias has been arrested in Colombia's second-largest city, Medellin, indicating the ongoing ties between organized crime groups in the two nations.