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Luis Enrique Calle Serna

Plea Deal Lands Colombia Drug Boss Light Sentence in US Court

A Colombian drug boss whose surrender to US authorities helped decimate what was once among the country's most powerful criminal organizations has negotiated his...
Cali is Colombia's most violent city

Report Breaks Down 15 Years of Bloodshed in Colombia’s Murder Capital

A new analysis of 15 years of homicide statistics in Colombia's most violent city, Cali, highlights the direct correlation between underworld evolutions and...
Santos Román Narváez Ansazoy, alias "Román", and the seized gold ingots.

Arrest Signals Persistence of Rastrojos Faction in Colombia Drug Trade

The arrest of the alleged leader of Rastrojos faction "los Comba" is a sign that the criminal group was able to grow under the authorities' radar since its near...
cocaine consumption in South America booms

Surging South America Cocaine Use a Market Boom for Crime Networks

Growth of cocaine use in South America is outpacing any other region in the world and creating an emerging market boom for organized crime groups that are...
Contraband between Colombia and Venezuela is taxed by criminal groups

Crime Groups Win in Colombia – Venezuela Border Closure

Venezuela's decision to close its border with Colombia in 2015 has been hugely profitable for criminal groups, who now have unprecedented control over contraband...
Alias "El Paisa" was arrested in Panama

Arrests Spotlight Trend of Colombian Criminal Migration Abroad

The recent arrests of Colombian drug trafficking bosses abroad is indicative of how local criminal leaders have set up residence across Latin America, both to...

Colombia Frees Brother of Top Organized Crime Leader

The recent release of a high-level drug trafficking and money laundering suspect highlights Colombia's continued difficulty in successfully prosecuting organized...

Venezuela Police Gun Down Colombian Gangster on Border

Venezuelan police have killed a former Colombian paramilitary accused of committing murders and trafficking drugs along the Venezuela-Colombia frontier, a...
The BCB was one of Colombia's most powerful paramilitary blocs

Colombia’s ‘Invisible’ Drug Traffickers May Include ‘Narco-Ghost’

A profile of a Colombian drug trafficker who, after a long criminal career, disappeared off the radar highlights how key figures in the underworld continue to...