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Arrest of Venezuela’s New Political Star Potential Misstep by Police

Members of Venezuela’s political police detained and later freed the country’s new president of Parliament in an event that resembled a kidnapping, showcasing...
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Shadow Tourism Industry Smuggles Migrants from Venezuela to Colombia

Tourism agencies and taxi cooperatives are the newest fronts being used to hide migrants smuggling at the border between Venezuela and Colombia, a business that...
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Venezuela Criminal Structures Bolster Maduro in Second Term

The swearing in of Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term demonstrates just how deeply entrenched organized crime structures are in Venezuela’s...
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GameChangers 2018: Venezuelan Migration a New Gold Mine for Organized Crime

Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The unceasing migration has left thousands of people...
InSight Crime's 2018 Criminal GameChangers
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GameChangers 2018: The Year Crime Became an Ideology

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the...
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Women, Youth Primed for Gang Recruitment in Venezuela

A new report from a Venezuela non-governmental organization working on migration issues shows that Colombia's criminal groups have been recruiting Venezuelans into...
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Venezuela Police Hide Killings Behind Claims of Resisting Authority

A recent report concluded that, in Venezuela, government security forces were responsible for 37 percent of the homicides that occurred in capital city Caracas...
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Venezuela and Turkey Unite to Profit from Amazonian “Blood Gold”

Dozens of massacres and a sprawling organized crime structure are behind a recent alliance between the governments of Venezuela and Turkey to extract,...
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More Venezuela Drug Plane Seizures Signal Trafficking Increase

Venezuela authorities are touting their seizure of 28 alleged drug planes as a triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, but the increased seizures may...
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FARC Dissidents and the ELN Turn Venezuela Into Criminal Enclave

A recent meeting in Venezuela between the leaders of two Colombian guerrilla groups may signal consolidated organized crime activities in the neighboring country...
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Venezuela Coastal State Could Be Hot New Drug Trafficking Route

Venezuelan authorities seized six major drug shipments during the month of November in the eastern state of Anzoátegui, potentially indicating an increase in drug...
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Government Mafia Structures Plague Venezuela Emigration Process

The enormous bribery and extortion pressures that Venezuelans face when trying to leave their country legally is further proof that criminal structures are...