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Release of Ex-Intelligence Chief Highlights Venezuela Official Impunity

Release of Ex-Intelligence Chief Highlights Venezuela Official Impunity

A former intelligence chief from Venezuela accused of drug trafficking and ties to Colombia's FARC guerrillas has been released just days after his arrest in Aruba, illustrating the impunity enjoyed by Venezuelan officials with ties... Read more

Venezuela Country Profile

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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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

FARC in Venezuela

FARC in Venezuela

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

FBL

FBL

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

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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