Venezuela Investigative Unit

El Koki's Victory – An Urban Invasion in Caracas

COLECTIVOS / 25 JUN 2021

El Coqui seemed to be comfortable. Caracas’ foremost gang boss had, for several years, dominated the sprawling neighborhood of Cota 905, a densely packed and poor part of western Caracas.

A Black Cap and A Photo - How John 40 Shook Up FARC Dissidents

COLOMBIA / 14 JUN 2021

A former FARC leader and veteran drug trafficker has sided with ex-commander Iván Márquez, a move that could prove crucial to the future of dissident FARC criminal groups in Colombia…

Mafia Boss Claims Venezuela-Turkey Cocaine Connection

COCAINE / 26 MAY 2021

A Turkish mafia boss has claimed cocaine is being trafficked directly from Venezuela to Turkey in a viral video, pointing to the use of a route relying on the support…

Death of Jesús Santrich Throws Wrench Into Conflict in Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 18 MAY 2021

The killing of a notorious Colombian dissident guerrilla leader on Venezuelan soil has the potential to destabilize underworld dynamics in both countries, fueling an already raging conflict along their shared…

The Unlikely Resistance of a Lone Mining Gang in Venezuela

ILLEGAL MINING / 17 MAY 2021

The escalating violence between security forces and a gang that formerly enjoyed official protection in Venezuela's foremost mining region shows how the breakdown of criminal and political alliances can lead…

Venezuela’s Modeling Agencies Repeatedly Linked to Human Trafficking

GENDER AND CRIME / 5 MAY 2021

As sex trafficking has soared in Venezuela, seemingly legitimate modeling agencies are repeatedly being linked to cases of human trafficking, trapping young women and forcing them into sexual servitude.

Carlos Luis Revete, alias 'El Koki'

EL KOKI / JULY 9, 2021

Carlos Luis Revette, alias “El Koki,” is one of Venezuela’s most wanted criminals and leader of the “megabanda" that controls the Cota 905 district to the southwest of Caracas.

Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Adds to Venezuela Money Laundering Risk

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 APR 2021

Venezuela is increasingly turning to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, raising questions about its possible use in laundering money and evading US sanctions, not unlike the way Venezuela already uses the gold…

Venezuela Kingpin's Arrest Leaves Power Vacuum on Caribbean Coast

COCAINE / 6 APR 2021

Recent drug charges against a little-known but powerful Venezuelan businessman come as a surprise given that he allegedly operated with impunity for decades on the country's northern coast.

Venezuela Sends Mixed Messages to Colombian Insurgents

COLOMBIA / 30 MAR 2021

A recent Venezuelan military operation in the state of Apure has once again exposed the complex relationship between the Venezuelan government and Colombia's insurgent groups camped in the country's border…

Sexual Abuse Plagues Women’s Detention Facilities in Venezuela

GENDER AND CRIME / 25 MAR 2021

The shooting death of a 19-year-old woman in a Venezuela police holding cell has revealed that women in the jail were being systematically forced to have sex with officers, underscoring…

Venezuela Oil Crisis May Set Limits on PDVSA Impunity

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 FEB 2021

Venezuelan officials may have finally met a PDVSA corruption scandal they cannot allow to go unpunished, hinting at just how dire the country’s oil and gas shortage has become.

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