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Medellin’s Turbulent Comuna 13

Comuna 13 is the most violent neighborhood in the embattled city of Medellin. And with the powerful Urabeños criminal gang edging in on territory long controlled...
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Medellin Mafia Commander Arrested, Rumors Swirl

The mayor of Medellin reported that the leader of the city mafia had been arrested on an island off the coast of Venezuela. The rumors were false, but could...
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Fake Colombian Demobilization Stories Explain Rise of BACRIMs

Paramilitary commanders have said that the demobilization of some elements of the AUC was faked, with the blessing of government officials, undermining official...
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Network of ‘Rastrojos’, ‘Oficina’ Arrested in Cartagena

Colombian authorities arrested 20 people in 4 different cities in Colombia who formed part of a network that helped send upwards of 700 kilos of cocaine per month...
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Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias ‘Valenciano’

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," was a leader in the Colombian criminal organization Oficina de Envigado, and forged ties with international...
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Thousands Displaced in Medellin

In Colombia there are reports by El Tiempo that the urban violence in Medellin has displaced at least 1,870 people so far this year. Those are only the...
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Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias "Sebastian," is a former hitman turned leader of the feared Oficina de Envigado organization that operates in and around Medellin,...
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Colombia Government: 152 Gangs in Medellin

Colombian authorities have indentified 152 gangs operating in Medellin, according to a report by Caracol citing a government intelligence...
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Oficina de Envigado

The Oficina de Envigado has evolved from a debt collection agency for Pablo Escobar to a mafia federation that regulates almost all criminal activity in...