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The Hunt for ‘Wilexis’ – Manufactured Mayhem in Petare, Venezuela

A complex game of cat-and-mouse has unfolded over the last two weeks in one of Caracas’s most infamous neighborhoods, revealing how the Maduro regime tries to...
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GameChangers 2019: As Venezuela Sinks, Maduro’s Criminal Ties Keep Him Afloat

Venezuela remained mired in crisis throughout 2019, yet Nicolás Maduro actually consolidated his regime. How did he do...
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Venezuela Reports Show FAES Police Unit Targeting Key Megabandas

A slew of media reports from Venezuela appear to show an elite police unit, blamed for numerous extrajudicial executions, going after two of the country's powerful...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Seeks to Grow Inside Brazil Prisons

Members of Venezuela's large and dangerous Tren del Aragua gang are actively trying to expand their group's influence in the Brazilian prisons where they are...
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Venezuelan Megabanda Leader Reportedly Operating from Inside Colombia

The leader of a notorious Venezuelan gang is reportedly operating from Colombia, highlighting how criminal networks from the crisis-stricken state are expanding...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Muscling into Colombia Border Area

The arrest of members from a major Venezuelan gang, the Tren de Aragua, in the border state of Táchira reveals the expansion of this powerful group into what is...
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Venezuela Disease Outbreaks Reveal Criminal Migration to Illegal Gold Mines

Outbreaks of malaria and diphtheria in a region of Venezuela where these diseases are rare has revealed how armed groups are organizing a vast migration to illegal...
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Salsa, Gunshots and Impunity at Venezuela Megabanda Funeral

A well-known salsa singer's performance at the wake of members of a so-called megabanda in Caracas underscores how far criminal impunity goes in...
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Venezuela Gang Muscles Into Trinidad and Tobago, Others May Follow

A Venezuelan criminal gang has migrated to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago -- sounding alarms about the expansion of organized crime elements to the...
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Op-Ed: Organized Crime Tightens its Grip on Venezuela

Juan Guaidó tried to bluff Nicólas Maduro at the Venezuelan political poker table, pretending he had the enough of the military in his hand to take the pot. He...
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General’s Murder Hints at Complete Impunity for Venezuela Megabandas

The recent murders of an air force general and five other security officials in Venezuela, believed to have been carried out by a mega-gang, confirms...
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Failed Venezuela Uprising Benefits Armed and Criminal Groups

Venezuela's social conflict and violence may be even more complicated a week after the failed military uprising led by Juan Guaidó. This continued descent into...