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Amid Growing Violence, Venezuelans Take Extreme Security Measures

Amid Growing Violence, Venezuelans Take Extreme Security Measures

In the first two weeks of December, Venezuela's capital city registered over 200 deaths in what is shaping up to be a year of record homicides as wealthier residents react by investing thousands of dollars in additional security measures. 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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