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What's Behind Venezuela's Latest Police Reforms?

What's Behind Venezuela's Latest Police Reforms?

Earlier this month President Nicolas Maduro announced a "police revolution" that would "purify" the 141 police bodies in the country. The announcement was motivated by the recent Quinta Crespo siege and the high-profile murder of Robert Serra, events that once again have put police abuse and violence in the public spotlight. 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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