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Italy Cocaine Bust Another Case of Venezuela Military Complicity

Italy Cocaine Bust Another Case of Venezuela Military Complicity

Authorities in Venezuela have detained three security officials linked to a cocaine haul in Italy involving the former secretary of ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in the second recent high-profile European drug trafficking case involving... Read more

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Venezuela is a key transit country for drug shipments going from Colombia to the United States and Europe. The illegal drug trade has traditionally been controlled by foreign organizations, particularly Colombians, attracted by poor rule of law and corruption.

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FARC in Venezuela

FARC in Venezuela

Venezuela is a vital base of operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),... Read more

Cartel de los Soles

Cartel de los Soles

The term “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is used to describe shadowy... Read more

BACRIM in Venezuela

BACRIM in Venezuela

Various remnants of the Colombian paramilitary group the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) are... Read more

ELN in Venezuela

ELN in Venezuela

Colombian guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN) has used Venezuelan territory for decades, but... Read more

FBL

FBL

The Bolivarian Liberation Forces (FBL) is a guerrilla group based in western Venezuela, along the... Read more

Walid Makled

Walid Makled

Once the most powerful civilian drug trafficker in Venezuela, Walid Makled managed cocaine shipments that... Read more

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2 Divergent Views on El Salvador Gang Truce, 1 Sad Conclusion

2 Divergent Views on El Salvador Gang Truce, 1 Sad Conclusion

Two wildly divergent views of what is happening with the truce between El Salvador's two foremost gangs converge in one important way: they both paint a bleak picture for the near future of the fragile...

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Uncertainty Swirls Around Mexico Vigilantes Disarmament 'Agreement'

Uncertainty Swirls Around Mexico Vigilantes Disarmament 'Agreement'

A vigilante leader in Mexico's Michoacan state has promised the groups will disarm by May 10, but details about what their agreement with the government entails are hazy, and it remains to be seen whether...

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Ecuador Car Theft Rings Fuel Billion Dollar Transnational Trade

Ecuador Car Theft Rings Fuel Billion Dollar Transnational Trade

In 2013, Ecuador lost around $22 million and over 7,000 vehicles to car theft, a lucrative international trade that connects street level thieves to transnational organized crime groups.

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