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Néstor Gregorio Vera Fernández, alias ‘Iván Mordisco’

Nestor Gregorio Vera Fernández, alias “Iván Mordisco,” is currently one of southern Colombia’s principal criminals. Until 2016 he served as commander of the...
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Ex-FARC Mafia: The New Player in Colombian Organized Crime

The Marxist rebel army of the FARC is gone, disbanded and reborn as a political party. But the ex-FARC mafia is just coming into being. And it is poised to become...
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Criminal Violence Threatens Colombia Drug Crop Substitution: Report

A new report says that homicide rates increased substantially between 2016 and 2017 in municipalities in Colombia partaking in coca crop substitution programs,...
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Colombia Asset Seizures Raise Doubts About FARC Peace Deal Compliance

Authorities in Colombia have seized properties linked to the FARC guerrilla group whose estimated value adds to evidence that the now-demobilized rebels...
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Colombia, Ecuador Boost Security Cooperation Amid Border Violence

The governments of Colombia and Ecuador have agreed to ramp up security cooperation along their shared border as criminal violence related to shifting underworld...
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Car Bomb a Hint that Colombia’s Guerrilla Tactics Spreading to Ecuador

Authorities are blaming FARC dissidents for a car bomb near the Colombia-Ecuador border, a sign that former rebels may be looking to expand their presence in this...
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Shifting Criminal Dynamics Signal Violent Future for Colombia-Venezuela Border

Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal...
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GameChangers 2017: Is Colombia’s FARC Really Gone?

Has Colombia's FARC really left the country's criminal scene? Yes, and absolutely not. The rebel army is gone, and has become a political party. The FARC Mafia is...
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GameChangers 2017: Local Politics, Organized Crime’s New Power Base in Latin America

Reporting by InSight Crime in 2017 revealed how organized crime managed to infiltrate local politics in Latin America as well as the multiple ways in which criminal...