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Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano"

8 Years After Indictment, US Sentences Colombia Crime Boss

A US court has sentenced a top Colombian drug trafficker years after he negotiated his way back to criminal life in Colombia, in a case that highlights weaknesses...

Power Plays in Medellin as Crime Lord Killed in Venezuela

With an alleged heir to the Medellin mafia found dead, dumped outside a Venezuela hospital, it may be that Urabeños, a criminal group poised to take over the city,...

Venezuela Extradites ‘Valenciano’ to US

Just over two weeks after he was captured, Venezuela has handed over Colombian drug trafficker Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," to US...

Despite Rise of Mexican Groups, Colombians Remain Strong in Central America

The prevailing wisdom is that Colombian traffickers have been eclipsed in Central America by the rise of their Mexican counterparts, but Colombian groups remain a...

Arrest of Medellin Kingpin May Intensify City’s Gang Wars

Medellin's former crime boss 'Valenciano' is set to be extradited to the U.S., while his former allies the Urabeños appear set on continuing his bloody war for...

Venezuela Captures Colombian Drug Boss ‘Valenciano’

Venezuela captured one of Colombia's top drug traffickers just hours before President Juan Manuel Santos was set to visit Caracas; an arrest that could have...

Corruption Allegations Fly, in Politics as Usual for Medellin

Alonso Salazar, the outgoing mayor of Medellin, has repeatedly accused a leading candidate in the upcoming elections of associating with criminal groups. However,...

Colombia Mass Graves Linked to Medellin Mafia War

Nine bodies were found in three mass grave in northern Colombia, which police said could be linked to the conflict between two rival factions of Medellin criminal...

Medellin Mafia Dealt Second Blow With Arrest

Colombian police have arrested the alleged second-in-command of a faction of the Medellin mafia, another indication that the security forces are cracking down on...

Network of ‘Rastrojos’, ‘Oficina’ Arrested in Cartagena

Colombian authorities arrested 20 people in 4 different cities in Colombia who formed part of a network that helped send upwards of 700 kilos of cocaine per month...

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias ‘Valenciano’

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," was a leader in the Colombian criminal organization Oficina de Envigado, and forged ties with international...

Thousands Displaced in Medellin

In Colombia there are reports by El Tiempo that the urban violence in Medellin has displaced at least 1,870 people so far this year. Those are only the...