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New Criminal Alliance Fending Off ELN at Colombia-Venezuela Border

A new alliance between two of Colombia's main criminal groups is seeking to contest the ELN's control of lucrative criminal economies along the border with...
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GameChangers 2020: Tren de Aragua and the Exportation of Venezuelan Organized Crime

Venezuela has long been known as a strategic rearguard for Colombia guerrilla groups. Yet 2020 saw the acceleration of a newer dynamic: Venezuelan gangs now rival...
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GameChangers 2020: The Resurgence of the Central American Cocaine Highway

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions eased, led to a...
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GameChangers 2020: Conflicting US Approach to Latin America Organized Crime

President-elect Joe Biden has a chance to reset the table on US-Latin American relations, but the Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic, transactional...
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Venezuela’s Prison Bosses Become Trusted Supplier of Basic Needs

Several inmates at a Venezuela prison scaled a wall to escape to a part of the complex where prison bosses wield greater control, in an attempt their family members...
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Organized Crime in 2020 – Highlights of InSight Crime’s Annual Conference

A number of Latin America’s leading academics, investigative journalists and security experts gathered virtually December 3 to discuss the most pressing...
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From Street Gangs to Presidents: InSight Crime’s Decade of Covering the Underworld

At InSight Crime’s 10th anniversary conference, presenter Robert Muggah described the primary reaction he has received when collaborating with the organization...
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Pirates of the Lake – Gangs Prey on Venezuelan Fishermen

Fisherman are denouncing increased piracy around Lake Valencia in northern Venezuela, which is weakening one of the last productive industries in the...
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Enemies to Allies – How Venezuela Decides Which Criminal Groups Thrive

The Venezuelan government and security forces have spent the last few months building up a criminal known as Santanita and his gang as one of their major targets,...
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Dutch Ship Makes Waves with Record Cocaine Seizures in Caribbean

A patrol ship in the Dutch Caribbean has caught a ton of cocaine in a rapid series of seizures, displaying how regularly drug shipments traverse the area on their...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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Brand-Name Coronavirus Drug Appears in Venezuela’s Black Market

A black market for an antiviral drug used to treat coronavirus has emerged in Venezuela, revealing that even expensive, lifesaving medicines are fueling the...