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An attack on police in Colombia that was allegedly coordinated by the FARC and the Urabeños suggests a new relationship may be emerging between the rebel army and the BACRIM group.
A former top prosecutor has said that Colombia seizes less than $750 million a year in illegal assets, but that a recent reform could cut in half the time it takes to confiscate illicit property, suggesting that the government is poised to make a serious dent in the finances of criminal groups.
According to a Colombian business federation, 90 percent of small business owners in the Medellin area are victims of extortion, a figure that underscores both the prevalence of the crime and its enormous economic impact.
The death of one of Colombia's most important emerald barons marks the end of an era of relative peace and could usher in another "Green War" as rival clans fight for control of the most productive emerald mines.
A carpenter in Colombia has been released from prison after being wrongly accused of running a money laundering operation, a case that highlights issues in the way the United States and Colombia handle extradition cases that create the potential for error.
Close to 70 prisoners are being held in a park in Bogota, underscoring both the unsustainable levels of overcrowding in Colombia's detention centers and the government's failure to provide adequate solutions.
Police in Colombia have stated that the country's major drug trafficking syndicates currently have more than 3,400 members, present in at least 15 of the Colombia's 32 provinces.
Colombia has successfully prosecuted another member of a notorious narco-clan once allied with the Sinaloa Cartel, marking what may be the final chapter for the crime family.
Two key players in Colombia's Pacific coast drug trade with links to Buenaventura gang La Empresa have become the latest Colombians to be arrested in Panama, highlighting the country's role as a popular logistical hub for international drug traffickers.
Colombia is beginning to face up to the threat of illegal mining with a series of security measures, but to be effective they will also have to overcome the decades of state neglect and poor public policy that have allowed powerful criminal groups to thrive.