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Is There a Link Between the Dollarization of Venezuela and Organized Crime?

A year ago, the use of the US dollar was practically banned for Venezuelans. Transactions in dollars were under severe restrictions and the unlicensed use of the...
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Venezuela Mulling Outlandish Plan to Access Frozen Gold in London

A little-known British financier has been wooing Venezuelan officials with an outlandish plan to liberate $1.5 billion of Venezuelan gold retained in the Bank of...
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Tugboat Off Aruba Coast Hides More Than Just Cocaine

The journey of a mysterious tugboat seized off the coast of Aruba with two tons of cocaine onboard offers clues about smuggling methods and the role the Caribbean...
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Colombia Failing to Protect Venezuela Children from Sexual Exploitation

A ring that sexually exploited minors from Venezuela has been dismantled in Colombia, but this only further highlights the vulnerability of migrants in the country...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Seeks to Grow Inside Brazil Prisons

Members of Venezuela's large and dangerous Tren del Aragua gang are actively trying to expand their group's influence in the Brazilian prisons where they are...
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El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele Tainted by Money Laundering Allegations

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele is at the center of a complex web of financial transactions, which show he received millions of dollars from a subsidiary of...
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Venezuela-FARC Drug Trafficking Alliance May Explain DEA Expulsion

New evidence suggests that late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez allied with the FARC to “flood” the United States with cocaine, potentially explaining...
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Why did Juan Guaidó Take Photos With Criminals at the Colombia Border?

Controversial photos showing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó posing with the heads of a Colombian paramilitary group, who allegedly helped Guaidó cross...
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Kidnappings in Venezuela’s Táchira Tell Different Tale than Government Data

Venezuela's northern border state of Táchira saw a jump in kidnappings during the first six months of 2019 -- a likely consequence of armed groups roaming the...