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Cocaine seized during Operation Two Seas
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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...
Map of Colombia's drug trafficking diaspora
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Mapping Colombia’s Drug Trafficking Diaspora

From the jungles of Brazil to the elegant boulevards of Madrid, some of Colombia's most renowned drug traffickers of recent memory have been captured abroad, a sign...
Emiel Brummer was arrested in Spain
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Alleged Operative in European Crime Syndicate Arrested in Spain

News of the arrest of the right-hand man of alleged British drug kingpin Robert Dawes -- accused of trafficking drugs from South America to Europe -- has emerged....
The port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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New Report Offers Details on Cocaine Traffic to Europe

A new report provides insight into how traffickers move cocaine to the lucrative European market, including the key trafficking routes and smuggling techniques...
Colombian cocaine found in a German banana shipment
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Mexico, Colombia Groups Bring Franchising Model to Europe: Europol

Drug trafficking organizations in Colombia and Mexico are reportedly using the criminal franchise model to traffic cocaine into Europe, replicating a strategy...
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‘Cocaine Rice’ Sparks Argentina Probe into Colombia Narcos

Argentina's authorities believe a criminal network from Colombia was behind a major drug export operation, indicative of the prominent role that Colombians continue...
Gerald Oropeza, alias "Tony Montana"
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Peru’s “Tony Montana” Captured in Ecuador

Peruvian drug trafficker Gerald Oropeza, alias "Tony Montana," was arrested on September 10, 2015, in Ecuador, a significant step for the police amongst...
Salvatore Zazo, alias “Zaza"
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Italy Mobster Linked to Peru’s ‘Tony Montana’

Authorities in Italy said phone messages received by a suspected drug trafficker in Peru contain the voice of an Italian criminal, a case further demonstrating the...
Cocaine use is on the decline in parts of Europe
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Is Europe’s Cocaine Market Becoming Saturated?

A new report on European drug markets suggests a significant decline in cocaine use among the continent's principal consumer countries, which could have...
Colonel Romulo German Cardona
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Colonel Accuses Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia of Smuggling Cocaine

In a series of contentious but dubious allegations, a former military official from Bolivia has accused the presidents of Bolivia and Venezuela of conspiring...
Gerald Oropeza Lopez
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‘Tony Montana’ (of Peru) Tied to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta Mafia

A judge in Peru has ordered the preliminary detention of a suspect who allegedly helped the mafia in Italy traffic cocaine to Europe, demonstrating how growing ties...
Alleged Urabeños member Victor Alfonso Mosquera Perez, alias "Palomo"
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Top Urabeños Hit Man Captured in Spain

An alleged high-ranking member of Colombia's most powerful criminal group, the Urabeños, was recently captured in Spain, which may be a sign of increasing...