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Sucumbíos: Lawless Ecuador Border Province Is Sanctuary for Traffickers

In January 2019, heavily armed gunmen traveling in a truck and on a motorbike ambushed a small group of anti-narcotics agents in Sucumbíos, the Ecuadorean province...
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Ex-FARC Mafia Kill Colombia Indigenous Amid Illicit Crop Conflicts

FARC dissidents massacred a group of indigenous guards protecting a reserve in Colombia's southwestern department of Cauca, adding to the killings of indigenous and...
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‘El Montañero’ Capture Shows Power of El Mesa Crime Group in Colombia

Authorities in Colombia have captured a crime boss who began as a gang leader on Medellin's outskirts and came to control a massive criminal enterprise in the...
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Mexico, Colombia Drug Raids Reveal Human Skulls, Saints, and Spells

An altar laden with human skulls and bones was used by a powerful Mexico City gang in the worship of Santa Muerte, a death cult that has drug trade...
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Uncertainty in Reintegration Camps, Another Challenge for Peace in Colombia

While former guerrillas look for a way forward in the midst of an increasingly fragile peace process, the murder of one of their own has increased doubts about...
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Half of All Destroyed Coca Crops Replanted in Colombia

The Colombian government has been lauding the success of its stringent targets for the eradication of coca crops nationwide, but with replanting rates estimated at...
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Colombia’s El Tandil – Where Children’s Education Depends on the Coca Leaf

A recent report on child labor in the municipality of Tumaco has shed light on why children and young people around Colombia find themselves cornered into...
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Increase in Violence Leads to More Forced Displacements in Colombia

A recent report has shown the scale to which forced displacements due to violence are increasing in Colombia, primarily affecting vulnerable groups like...
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Tugboat Off Aruba Coast Hides More Than Just Cocaine

The journey of a mysterious tugboat seized off the coast of Aruba with two tons of cocaine onboard offers clues about smuggling methods and the role the Caribbean...