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Riots and Violence Overwhelm Venezuela’s Police Stations

A new type of "pranato," or prison boss, is flourishing inside Venezuelan police stations, where riots, escapes, extortion rackets and killings are now common in...
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Venezuela Disease Outbreaks Reveal Criminal Migration to Illegal Gold Mines

Outbreaks of malaria and diphtheria in a region of Venezuela where these diseases are rare has revealed how armed groups are organizing a vast migration to illegal...
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Pro-Government Guerrillas Mix Political, Criminal Interests in Venezuela

Pro-government guerrillas in Venezuela have begun training civilians in armed combat, showing the symbiotic relationship between embattled President...
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Salsa, Gunshots and Impunity at Venezuela Megabanda Funeral

A well-known salsa singer's performance at the wake of members of a so-called megabanda in Caracas underscores how far criminal impunity goes in...
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How Venezuela Shipwrecks Revealed Sex Trafficking Ring

The sinking of two boats sailing from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago has unveiled a criminal ring implicating high-level law enforcement officials in the...
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In Venezuela, Crime Literally Doesn’t Pay

The economic crisis in Venezuela has seen criminal gangs find ways to turn chaos into opportunity. But the situation has now become so...
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Graffiti Death Threats – Venezuela’s New Tool of Fear

The recent appearance of threatening graffiti targeting political, social and student leaders in Venezuela is a previously unknown tactic in the country, although...
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‘La Línea’ Gang Takes Deadly Hold on Colombia-Venezuela Border

A violent criminal gang known as "La Línea" has triggered several deadly shootouts in battles with other armed groups seeking to control remote trails near the...
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Venezuela Gang Muscles Into Trinidad and Tobago, Others May Follow

A Venezuelan criminal gang has migrated to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago -- sounding alarms about the expansion of organized crime elements to the...