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The Victory of the Urabeños

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The Victory of the Urabeños – The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The...
The Urabeños have turned to gold as a major earner
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The Future of the BACRIM and Post-Conflict Colombia

While the Urabeños are presently established as Colombia's top drug trafficking group, it remains to be seen how the evolution of organized crime in Colombia, and...
"Kiko" Gomez, a politician arrested for BACRIM ties
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The Last BACRIM Standing: The Urabeños Today

Today the Urabeños are the only BACRIM with a national reach. They are also arguably the only real BACRIM still standing. While the government recognizes the...
Urabeños cocaine seized in Buenaventura port
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The Evolution of the Urabeños

Uraba, which means "promised land" in the indigenous tongue, was the cradle of the paramilitaries, and remains the country's principal BACRIM stronghold. This is...
A police wanted poster with BACRIM members
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The BACRIM and Their Position in Colombia’s Underworld

The name BACRIM was created by the government of former President Alvaro Uribe in the aftermath of the demobilization of the AUC. Then-President Uribe was keen to...
Urabeños former leader "Don Mario," after his capture
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The Urabeños – The Criminal Hybrid

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they...