Venezuela Investigative Unit

Peru, Chile Prisons May Struggle to Contain Tren de Aragua

CHILE / 16 NOV 2022

The capture of Tren de Aragua members will test if Peru and Chile’s prisons can hold this dangerous gang.

Could Venezuelan Military Finally Bring Bolívar's Illegal Gold Miners to Heel?

ELITES AND CRIME / 11 NOV 2022

The Venezuelan government has placed and rogue mining gangs in its crosshairs, as the military is deployed in Bolívar.

ELN Oversees Rampant Cattle Smuggling Between Colombia and Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 26 OCT 2022

The ELN plays a continuing role in facilitating large-scale cattle smuggling between Colombia and Venezuela.

Re-Opening Colombia-Venezuela Border No Quick Fix for Rampant Smuggling

COLOMBIA / 21 OCT 2022

The re-opening of the Colombia-Venezuela border was a momentous occasion. But did it come too early?…

High-Profile Venezuela-US Prisoner Swap Comes at Opportune Moment

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 OCT 2022

A high-profile prisoner swap raises hopes of improving US-Venezuela relations and abilities to tackle organized crime.

Pablito’s Plan: Rise of the ELN in Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

One of the ELN's most infamous leader, alias Pablito, has been crucial in helping the Colombian guerrilla group move its operations to Venezuela.

How Venezuela Became a Cemetery for the ex-FARC Mafia Leadership

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

Colombian guerrillas evolved from seeing Venezuela as a safe place to retreat to seeing it as a full-blown expansion of their criminal activities.

Venezuela, Colombia, and the ELN at the Crossroads of Peace

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

While now comfortably established in two countries, the ELN have a chance to return to the negotiating table, according to President Gustavo Petro's "Total Peace" plan.

Venezuela and the ELN’s Love-Hate Relationship with Drug Trafficking

COCAINE / 3 OCT 2022

Colombia's region of Catatumbo and Venezuela's state of Zulia jointly form one of the world's busiest cocaine corridors.

Rebels and Paramilitaries: Colombia’s Guerrillas in Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

Colombian rebels had long been welcome in Venezuela but now, they have arrived in force, bringing conflict with them.

The Bosses Who Run Venezuela's Most Lawless Prisons

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 AUG 2022

Venezuela's prisons have failed to stop the country's most dangerous criminals, these can run criminal empires from behind bars.

Venezuelan Government Targeting One of Country's Oldest Gangs for Annihilation

MEGABANDAS / 23 JUN 2022

One of Venezuela’s oldest gangs, Tren del Llano, has suffered months of targeted operations by security forces and may now be on its last legs.

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