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Urabeños Landmines are Guerrilla Tactic from Colombia’s Dark Past

The seizure of 563 anti-personnel landmines suspected of belonging to Los Urabeños has fueled speculation that the powerful Colombian drug trafficking organization...
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Arrests Uncover Alliance Among Top Colombian Mafias

Members of some of Colombia’s most notorious crime organizations teamed up to traffic about three tons of cocaine, revealing a fascinating high-profile...
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The Hidden Wealth of Drug Pilots and Accountants in Colombia

The seizure of a vast fortune from a Colombian drug pilot newly returned from prison in the United States shows how lesser-but-still-key actors in the...
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Colombia Police Stations Face Overcrowding and Escape Attempts

An escape attempt by detainees held at a Medellín police station shows that overcrowding in Colombia's prisons has affected smaller law enforcement facilities,...
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A Quarter of Gasoline Sold in Colombia Is Used for Cocaine

Dozens of gas stations in Colombia are under investigation for allegedly selling vast quantities of fuel to criminal groups to be used in coca paste processing,...
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Colombia Unconvincingly Walks Back Controversial Military Plan

New orders from Colombia’s military leadership showing a possible return to policies that previously led to a wave of extrajudicial killings has sown further...
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The Increasing Dangers Facing Latin America’s Park Rangers

A park ranger’s shooting in Costa Rica and the slaying of another in a Colombian reserve show the dangers rangers face in protected areas -- as diverse in flora...
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In Colombia, Loan Sharking is Now Just a Click Away

The longtime loan sharking tactic in Colombia known as “gota a gota,” or drop by drop, has entered the digital age -- as  criminal groups are now using mobile...
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For Medellín’s Oficina Capos, the Shuffle is Part of the Game

Authorities in Colombia have recently arrested three leaders of the Oficina de Envigado, a mafia that began under Pablo Escobar and has long controlled the city’s...