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At Venezuela's Cuatro Muertos (Four Dead Men) mine, the search for gold is chaotic. (Credit: OCCRP, Photographer’s name withheld for their safety)
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Gold and Chaos: Gang Lords Rule Venezuela’s Orinoco Mining Arc

The rise of organized crime in Venezuela's southern Bolívar region has been directly proportional to the state's neglect of local people and towns. Criminal gang...
Killings rising in Venezuela illegal mining
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What Is Behind Killings in Venezuela Illegal Mining Regions?

State forces have reportedly been responsible for a wave of killings in Venezuela's illegal mining zones, sparking questions over whether they are combating...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year
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The FARC’s Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of...
Illegal mining is a multibillion-dollar industry in Latin America
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How El Salvador’s Metal Mining Ban Could Benefit Organized Crime

El Salvador made history earlier this year when it became the first country in the world to outlaw all metal mining. But as the ban begins to take effect, experts...
Colombia's profitable emerald mining industry has alleged ties to illegal activities
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Crime-Linked Colombia Emerald Barons Face Extradition on US Drug Charges

The United States has requested the extradition of several Colombian emerald magnates on drug trafficking charges, marking the first time US authorities have...
Colombian authorities arrest a BACRIM
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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...
Latin America is the most murderous region for land rights, environmental activists
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LatAm is Most Murderous Region for Land, Environmental Activists: Report

Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for activists fighting for their land or trying to safeguard the environment, according to a Global Witness...
Peru authorities burn an illegal mining site
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After Massive Police Op, What’s Next in Fight Against Illegal Gold?

In a massive operation, more than 2,000 police officers destroyed dozens of illegal mining camps in the heart of the country's mining area. Still, it's not clear...
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After the Gold Rush: Colombian Town Counts Cost of Illegal Mining Boom

For five years, the town of Buriticá in northern Colombia was consumed by a gold fever that turned the sleepy mountainside village into a stronghold of illegal...
An Indugel explosives seizure
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Inside Colombia’s Multimillion-Dollar Black Market Explosives Trade

Colombia's flourishing illegal gold mining business requires explosives, many of which are sourced illicitly. This essential yet overlooked trade has opened the...
Satellite photos showing deforestation caused by illegal mining in Peru
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Peru Authorities Struggle to Combat Illegal Mining as Deforestation Continues

Peru has lost hundreds of hectares of rainforests to illegal mining in recent months, a reminder of the environmental damage caused by the illegal practice and the...
Greivin Rodríguez identifies a river contaminated from illegal gold mining in Crucitas
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Illegal Gold Mining in Costa Rica Suggests Diversifying Criminal Landscape

Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in...