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Resurgence of Coca in Putumayo Reflects Colombia’s Failed Strategy

The south of Putumayo has re-emerged as Colombia’s second-largest coca producing center, following a period of demobilizations and crop substitutions that had led...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Muscling into Colombia Border Area

The arrest of members from a major Venezuelan gang, the Tren de Aragua, in the border state of Táchira reveals the expansion of this powerful group into what is...
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Allies in High Places Behind ‘La Constru’ Rise in Colombia

The capture of key leaders of La Constru, including a longtime kingpin and a capo who kept company with a colonel, has exposed the high-level alliances the group's...
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Massacre on Colombia-Venezuela Border Reveals Rastrojos Civil War

A massacre on the Colombia-Venezuela border has been attributed to warring factions of the Rastrojos gang, revealing a bloody leadership dispute that threatens to...
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Small Drop in Colombia’s Coca Crops Little Cause for Cheer

New US figures showing a tiny drop in Colombia’s drug cultivation over the last year are being hailed as evidence that a hardline crackdown is working, ignoring a...
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Ex-FARC Mafia’s 1st Front Close to Controlling Colombia’s Putumayo

A powerful FARC dissident front is fortifying its presence in the southwestern department of Putumayo, a former guerrilla stronghold, a region dense with coca...
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Colombia-Venezuela Border Reopens, But Hidden Trails Still Hotspots

The reopening of a major Colombia-Venezuela border crossing is an important step to stop Venezuelans from trekking across remote trails where they are easily...
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Colombia Flooded with Black Market Cigarettes

US tobacco giant Philip Morris has shut down its two factories in Colombia partly because of illegal cigarette sales, highlighting a spike in contraband...
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Los Pachenca Leader Killed, Casting Doubt on Colombia Group’s Future

The killing of the principal leader of Colombia’s “Los Pachenca” criminal group, as well as high-level arrests within the group, is generating doubts about...