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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...
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Deaths Inside Venezuelan Prisons Doubled During Pandemic

Inmate deaths have doubled in Venezuela's jails during the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that underscores how the country's anarchic prisons foment violence and...
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Venezuela’s Baseball Academies Batting Away Extortion Threats

With dozens of Venezuelan athletes now playing on Major League Baseball teams in the United States, a powerful gang has begun to extort local academies and scouts...
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Corruption Charges at Venezuela’s US Oil Subsidiary Fuel Tensions

Both Venezuela and the United States are advancing legal cases against former officials from Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, signaling...
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Brazil Humanitarian Law Feeds Active Black Market in Venezuela

Food trucked into Venezuela from Brazil under a law allowing it to be transported for humanitarian needs is being diverted to Venezuela's black...
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Venezuela Indigenous Communities at Risk From ELN Mining Incursions

Recent incursions by the ELN to set up illegal mining facilities along the Caura River in central Venezuela are being seen as a threat by local Indigenous...
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Between Contraband and Coronavirus: Migration Dynamics at the Venezuela-Colombia Border

As Venezuelan citizens try to return home during the coronavirus pandemic, their own government has accused them of spreading the virus while illegal groups along...
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Coronavirus Unrest Sparks Surge in Riots in Latin America’s Prisons

Inmate uprisings have ripped through prisons in Latin America amid COVID-19 outbreaks, offering further evidence that the region’s prison systems are buckling...
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Libyan Militia Leader Ideal Client for Venezuela’s Gold-for-Dollars Deals

A Libyan militia leader allegedly trading US dollars for Venezuelan gold adds to mounting evidence that President Nicolás Maduro now welcomes all buyers in his...