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New Criminal Alliance Fending Off ELN at Colombia-Venezuela Border

A new alliance between two of Colombia's main criminal groups is seeking to contest the ELN's control of lucrative criminal economies along the border with...
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Libya, North Africa Emerge As Cocaine Transit Hubs

Within the span of a week, cocaine was discovered in two separate maritime cargo containers bound for Libya, a strong indication that both the north African country...
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Middleman Linked Colombian Gangs with Israeli, Japanese Mafia

An Israeli national suspected of ties to Japanese and Israeli mafia groups has been accused of running drug trafficking, money laundering, and sex trafficking...
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GameChangers 2020: The Resurgence of the Central American Cocaine Highway

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions eased, led to a...
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GameChangers 2020: Conflicting US Approach to Latin America Organized Crime

President-elect Joe Biden has a chance to reset the table on US-Latin American relations, but the Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic, transactional...
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Key Report Urges Ambitious Revision of US Anti-Drug Policy

Congress has released a sweeping report on drug policy in the Americas, laying out a long list of recommendations for curbing drug trafficking...
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The Endless War to Control Northwest Colombia’s Drug Routes

The killing of an Indigenous leader in Bahia Solano, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, adds to mounting violence that has fueled the displacement of hundreds, as the...
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Organized Crime in 2020 – Highlights of InSight Crime’s Annual Conference

A number of Latin America’s leading academics, investigative journalists and security experts gathered virtually December 3 to discuss the most pressing...
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Submarines for Rent – The Best Option for Traffickers in Colombia

In November, the Attorney General’s Office, the Colombian Navy and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested 11 alleged members of an organization...