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Colombian authorities arrest a BACRIM

Weekly InSight: InSide Colombia’s BACRIM

In our July 13 Facebook Live, Executive Director Jeremy McDermott spoke to InSight Crime investigator James Bargent about what are known as "bandas criminales" or...
Colombian soldiers are permitted to combat GAO

What’s in a Name? The Politics of Latin America’s Organized Crime Lexicon

Arguing about artificial labels that help make sense of organized crime in Latin America may seem trivial. After all, the reality lurking beneath these labels --...
Colombia’s Attorney General Néstor Humberto Martínez

Colombia’s Urabeños Recruiting Dissidents from FARC Peace Process

Recent reports warn that one of Colombia's biggest criminal groups may be recruiting dissident guerrilla fighters, another indication that new actors are moving in...
Illegal mining has destroyed virgin jungle

GameChangers 2016: Illegal Mining and Continuing Criminal Diversification

Latin America witnessed a criminal boom in illegal mining in 2016, and a rise of complementary illicit activities, as organized crime recognized the potential of...
A man counting a stack of 100 bolivars bills

Venezuela’s Withdrawal of Bolivar Bill Promises to Benefit Organized Crime

President Nicolas Maduro has justified the withdrawal of Venezuela's 100 bolivar note as a means of undercutting criminal earnings, but past examples suggest that...
FARC commander-in-chief, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias "Timochenko"

Colombia’s ‘No’ Vote Leaves FARC in Dangerous Limbo

At the very least, the October 2 "No" vote in the plebiscite on Colombia's peace accord opens the process between the government and the region's oldest insurgency...
Rodrigo Tovar Pupo, alias 'Jorge 40' (Getty Images)

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime: ‘Jorge 40’

Rodrigo Tovar Pupo never imagined it would come to this: dressed in an orange jumpsuit in a Washington DC courtroom and standing in front of a United States federal...
Palmira, Colombia

Police, Social Action Credited with Taming Deadly Colombia City

The violence plagued city of Palmira saw 46 percent fewer homicides in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period a year earlier, a sign that new security...
Member of an unidentified armed group in Colombia

Shifting Criminal Alliances Could Complicate FARC Concentration Zones

Evolving relationships with criminal and paramilitary actors in several areas of Colombia could complicate efforts to establish concentration zones intended to...

BACRIM: Winner or Loser in Colombia Peace Deal?

Colombia's organized crime groups are preparing to take over FARC-held territory once the rebel group withdraws from a decades-long conflict, but the country's...
Cocaine seized during Operation Two Seas

Massive Bust Shows Italian Mafia Role in LatAm Drug Trade

Colombian, Italian and US authorities collaborated in a massive round-up of nearly 150 suspected members of a multicontinental drug trafficking ring, highlighting...
President Santos and FARC leader 'Timochenko' with the signed agreement

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their plans for a definitive ceasefire and concentration of guerrilla fighters in an historic event in...