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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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Mexico Homicides: Something Doesn't Add Up

Mexico Homicides: Something Doesn't Add Up

The government of Mexico's declarations of a dramatic reduction in homicides linked to organized crime does not correspond with the figures produced by the National System of Public Security. Someone is counting poorly.

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Will US Plea Deal With 'El Mayo's' Son Impact Sinaloa Leadership?

Will US Plea Deal With 'El Mayo's' Son Impact Sinaloa Leadership?

A US federal court has made public a controversial plea deal with the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada that reveals details of the organization's operations and raises the question: who may...

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Peru Arrests Show Shining Path Political Wing Still Seen as Threat

Peru Arrests Show Shining Path Political Wing Still Seen as Threat

Authorities in Peru have arrested 28 people linked to the political wing of the Shining Path guerrillas on charges of terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering, in an escalation of the government's actions against the ostensibly...

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