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Guyana’s Mining Region is Open Door to Venezuelan Organized Crime

A recent Crisis Group report explores criminal dynamics in the Guyanese mining region bordering Venezuela, revealing how the chaos and violence of Venezuela’s...
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Drug Traffickers Used Venezuela’s Isla Margarita as Backdoor to Europe

A Venezuelan island in the Caribbean that is a popular tourist destination was used by a Colombian trafficker to move drugs to the United States and Europe, in...
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InSight Crime Conference Talks Trends, Perspectives on LatAm Organized Crime

For the second consecutive year, some of Latin America’s leading academics and experts in the field of organized crime convened in the Colombian capital of...
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Gangs Launch Grenades at Shops in Zulia, Venezuela

In the northern Venezuela state home to the city of Maracaibo, gangs are taking an extremely violent measure against business owners who refuse to pay extortion:...
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Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering

A University of Miami professor and expert on organized crime in Latin America has been charged with laundering millions of dollars of illicit proceeds from...
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Ex-FARC Mafia, Venezuela and the Current International Climate

After 2002, under increasing pressure from security forces, the FARC moved much of their leadership, logistics and funding outside of Colombia, particularly to...
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Venezuela Archipelago, New Hotspot for Drug Smuggling

The Los Roques Archipelago -- a group of islands off Venezuela's northern coast known for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters -- has become a staging...
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More than 500 Venezuela Security Officials Involved in Extortion, Kidnappings

More than ten percent of extortion and kidnapping cases recorded in Venezuela involve members of the police and military, demonstrating the country’s continuing...
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Why Environmental Security is Paramount to Venezuela’s Future

Venezuela’s historic meltdown is often explained as a consequence of bad governance, corruption and the collapse of the oil sector or of international sanctions....