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Is Venezuela Using Police Reform to Harass Political Rivals?

Is Venezuela Using Police Reform to Harass Political Rivals?

Venezuela dismantled the police force of its second-largest city based on allegations of ties to organized crime, although members of the country's opposition have said the measure is politically motivated.  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. However, there is evidence that beginning in the mid-2000s corrupt elements in the security forces stepped up their role in the business, forming a loose network dubbed the “Cartel de los Soles” (Cartel of the Suns).

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