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Colombia Drug Policy Ignores Growing Local Market

A new report reveals that the strategies Colombia has used to reduce illicit drug use have not delivered results, and that the country's local drug market has grown...
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Colombian Loan Sharks in Mexico Enjoy Major Cartel Protection

A new report says that some of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations are overseeing loan sharking schemes headed by Colombian nationals throughout the...
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Death of ‘Rodrigo Cadete’ in Colombia Heavy Blow to FARC Dissidents

The death of FARC dissident leader “Rodrigo Cadete” in a recent Colombia military operation has dealt a severe blow to a group of FARC dissidents who wish to...
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Medellín Sees Murders Rise After Years of Declining Violence

Hillside gangs quick to settle scores have been blamed for an increase in killings in the Colombian city of Medellín, yet changes in the city’s underworld are...
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Iranian Gold, Platinum Smugglers Arrested in Colombia’s Chocó

Colombian authorities have arrested two Iranian citizens on charges of overseeing illegal mining in the department of Chocó and of having illicitly exported over...
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Caparrapos Thriving in Colombia Due to Alliances With ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia

Having become one of the more visible criminal actors in Colombia due to their war with the Urabeños, the Caparrapos have been heavily targeted by authorities in...
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Ecuador Warned of Potential Cross-Border Attack by ELN

Ecuadorean security forces are on high alert after receiving reports Colombia’s ELN guerrillas are planning a cross-border attack, highlighting what has until now...
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Colombia Cocaine Boom Likely Behind Rising European Port Seizures

Cocaine seizures at two of Europe’s biggest and busiest ports jumped by more than a quarter over the last year, underscoring the impact that the increase in...
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ELN Car Bomb in Bogotá Takes Fight to Colombia’s Cities

By claiming responsibility for the car bomb attack that took place on January 17 in Bogotá, the ELN guerrilla group not only ensured...