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Colombia VP Drops Criminal Complaint Against InSight Crime

Colombia’s Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez has withdrawn a criminal complaint alleging InSight Crime Co-director Jeremy McDermott defamed her character in a...
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Colombia Vice President Threatens InSight Crime with Criminal Charges

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office has notified InSight Crime Co-director Jeremy McDermott of criminal proceedings brought against him by Vice President Marta...
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Colombia Attorney General Confirms Identity of ‘Memo Fantasma’

Colombia’s top prosecutor says that Madrid-based businessman Guillermo León Acevedo Giraldo is Memo Fantasma, confirming InSight Crime's investigation into the...
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How ‘Memo Fantasma’ Sold Property to Colombia VP’s Family Company

In October 2019, InSight Crime conducted a telephone interview with Álvaro Rincón, the husband of Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez. The topic was Guillermo...
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Colombia VP Marta Lucía Ramírez: ‘Memo Fantasma is Not My Husband’s Associate’

In the investigation, "The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting ‘The Ghost,’" InSight Crime reported that Colombia’s Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez and her...
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The Ghost Lives the High Life in Madrid

The Ghost, a paramilitary drug lord, has moved to Madrid with his millions of drug dollars. He has dodged the Colombian justice system and perhaps secured a pass...
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Tracking the Ghost: Follow the Money

“The Ghost” had fled Medellín, tied off loose ends in the underworld and perhaps suspended his drug trafficking activities. He disappeared with millions of...
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The Ghost Loses Drug Trafficking Partners

After the demobilization of the AUC in 2006, the paramilitary high command was behind bars. All except alias “Sebastían Colmenares” and his alter ego, “Memo...
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The Ghost and His Paramilitary Army

In 1997, the paramilitary army began its bloody campaign across Colombia, supposedly to fight the Marxist rebels, but really to take control of the cocaine trade....
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Hunting the Ghost: a Face and a Name

The hunt for “Will the Ghost,” or “Memo Fantasma” had stalled once again. The name Guillermo Camacho did not register with anyone. Had The Ghost managed to...
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‘The Invisibles’ of the Drug World

Drug traffickers today have realized that their best protection is not a private army, but rather total anonymity. We call these drug lords "the invisibles." This...
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The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting ‘The Ghost’

Drug traffickers today realize that their best protection is not a private army but anonymity. This is the story of "Memo Fantasma" or "Will...