The Gulf of Urabá

Economic Development and Organized Crime: The Two Faces of Urabá, Colombia

The Gulf of Urabá boasts 323 kilometers of porous, thick, and deep coast dominated by the whim of the so-called Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, also...
A police vehicle after the alleged attack of the Urabeños

Colombia Govt Claims Success Against Urabeños, But Group Remains Strong

A recent series of deadly attacks against police in Colombia attributed to the Urabeños hasn't stopped authorities from trumpeting their successes against the...
Pablo Escobar, leader of the Medellín Cartel

Former Pablo Escobar Associate Killed in Medellín, Colombia

A former associate of Pablo Escobar was killed in Colombia's second-largest city, leading to speculation that he continued to traffic drugs long after the fall of...
Luis Alberto Ortíz Cabezas, alias "Pepe"

Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia’s Peace

A former FARC guerrilla has been murdered in Colombia's embattled southwest department of Nariño, a reminder of the political and criminal risks faced by the...
Police guard the six tons of cocaine seized in Barranquilla

Large Colombia Cocaine Seizure Points to Urabeños Strength

Authorities in Colombia seized a multi-ton cocaine shipment belonging to Colombia's most powerful crime group, showing that despite divisions within its leadership,...
José Orlando Sánchez Cristancho, former leader of the Norte del Valle Cartel

Colombian Criminal Arrest Reminder of Dissolved Cartel’s Influence

Authorities arrested a former leader of a now dissolved Colombian drug trafficking organization, a sign that the group's legacy in the country's underworld lives...
Urabeños paramilitaries and ELN guerrillas clash in Chocó

Violent History Repeats Itself in Colombia’s Strategic Chocó Department

The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone's valuable...
As the FARC abandon their former ground, new armed groups threaten Tumaco

FARC Activities in Colombia Port Show Post-Conflict Challenges

Colombian guerrillas allegedly held an illegal political meeting in the country's southwest, while authorities dismantled a local corruption ring, highlighting...
Urabeños leaders Otoniel (left) and Gavilán

Colombia’s Urabeños May Be Divided but Not Conquered

Information has surfaced on apparent frictions at the heart at one of the Western Hemisphere's most powerful drug trafficking organizations. But while its leaders...