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ELN Now Present in Half of Venezuela

Recent ELN attacks against the Venezuela military in the state of Amazonas and civilian miners in the state of Bolívar reflect the Colombian guerrilla group’s...
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Venezuela Institutional Weaknesses Facilitate Cocaine Trafficking: Report

A new study from Transparency Venezuela says that the country’s weak criminal justice system, made worse by the government’s cooptation of public institutions,...
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Venezuela Mega-Gang Leader Seen Partying, Symbol of State Abandonment

A short cellphone video of a "mega-gang" leader in Venezuela shows him relaxed, partying and seemingly thumbing his nose at...
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Rastrojos Demonstrate Power with Attack on Venezuela Military Base

A recent attack by Colombian criminal group, Los Rastrojos, on a military base in Venezuela confirms that the group is gathering strength in the country and will...
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Venezuela Govt. Controls Spur Cattle Smuggling Into Colombia

A growth in cattle smuggling from Venezuela to Colombia with participation from criminal organizations could be the result of heavy-handed controls that the...
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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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Human Trafficking in Colombia Increasingly Targets Venezuelan Migrants

Three separate human trafficking networks that targeted Venezuelans were dismantled in less than a week in Colombia, showing how the increasing forced migration of...
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Mexico Takes Down Mafia That Sold Low-Quality Food to Venezuela

The dismantling, in Mexico, of an international network that sold and shipped low-quality food to Venezuela can be added to the string of corruption investigations...
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Mining Massacre Signals ELN Expansion Into Venezuela

The recent massacre of seven people in one of Venezuela’s mining regions may confirm that the Colombia guerrilla group ELN is expanding its criminal activities...
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Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants

Reports that criminal groups in Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants from Venezuela shows how these armed actors are taking advantage of those fleeing...
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US Sanctions on Venezuela First Lady Solidify Country’s Mafia State Status

Recent US sanctions against four top Venezuela government officials and close collaborators, among them the country’s first lady, add new dimensions and further...
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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized...