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Walter Patricio Arizala, alias “Guacho”

Walter Patricio Arizala, alias “Guacho,” was one of the most wanted criminals in both Colombia and Ecuador, after military forces made him a priority target....
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Shadow Tourism Industry Smuggles Migrants from Venezuela to Colombia

Tourism agencies and taxi cooperatives are the newest fronts being used to hide migrants smuggling at the border between Venezuela and Colombia, a business that...
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GameChangers 2018: As Opioids and Cocaine Boom, the Americas Wilt

While traditional criminal organizations have widened their portfolios dramatically in recent years, drug trafficking remains the most important earner in the...
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GameChangers 2018: Venezuelan Migration a New Gold Mine for Organized Crime

Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The unceasing migration has left thousands of people...
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How Organized Crime Profits from Deforestation in Colombia

Two years after the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC, Colombia’s forests are under siege and experiencing heightened levels...
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GameChangers 2018: Political Shifts in Colombia, Mexico Cloud Outlook 

Presidential elections in the two countries at the heart of Latin America's drug trade both brought significant change in 2018: Colombians responded to a cocaine...
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FARC Dissidents Growing Faster Than Colombia Can Count

Two Colombian intelligence reports, published three months apart, show contradictions in the number of ex-FARC Mafia and their rate of expansion, although they both...
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Inside the Mafia-Run Cocaine Network Shattered by European Police

In early December, authorities dramatically curtailed the power of the Pelle-Vottari clan -  a grouping within the formidable ‘Ndrangheta mafia — arresting...
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Cali Deaths Keep Dropping, City Still Worst in Colombia

The city of Cali in Colombia is on track to see a drop in homicides for the fifth straight year, but killings remain an intractable problem due to the city’s...