Venezuela Investigative Unit

El Koki’s Ambition Fuels Urban Warfare in Caracas

EL KOKI / 22 FEB 2021

Recent shootouts between security forces and Venezuela's El Coqui gang included a clash in which at least two dozen people were gunned down, and experts warn of continued violence as…

FARC Victims Claim Compensation from Venezuelan State Oil Company

FARC / 18 FEB 2021

A US court case seeks to compensate victims of the FARC with assets seized from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, in the latest push by US prosecutors to establish legal…

Venezuela’s Other Plight: Sex Trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago

GENDER AND CRIME / 11 FEB 2021

Ongoing interceptions targeting sex trafficking rings operating between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago have revealed the extent to which Venezuelan women and minors are being continually smuggled to the island…

Human Trafficking Accompanies Illegal Mining in Venezuela’s Orinoco

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 9 FEB 2021

A new report on human trafficking in Venezuela's Bolívar state shows that forced labor camps and sex trafficking rings are rampant in the region's illegal mines.

Contraband Cheese From Venezuela on Colombia’s Criminal Menu

CONTRABAND / 28 FEB 2020

Cheese has increasingly joined oil and other commodities smuggled along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, and criminal groups are milking the profits.

Venezuela Reports Show FAES Police Unit Targeting Key Megabandas

COLECTIVOS / 2 JAN 2020

A slew of media reports from Venezuela appear to show an elite police unit, blamed for numerous extrajudicial executions, going after two of the country's powerful criminal organizations in recent…

Tankers Go Dark to Help Venezuela Evade Oil Sanctions

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 DEC 2019

Venezuela is using “invisible” tankers to secretly export its oil reserves, enabling a renewed uptick in exports that could help President Nicolás Maduro withstand the pressure of international sanctions.

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

CONTRABAND / 9 DEC 2019

A recent Crisis Group report explores criminal dynamics in the Guyanese mining region bordering Venezuela, revealing how the chaos and violence of Venezuela’s mining arc is spilling over into the…

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

MONEY LAUNDERING / 24 OCT 2019

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 US currency…

Venezuela Mulling Outlandish Plan to Access Frozen Gold in London

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 OCT 2019

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 England, highlighting the Maduro government’s…

Kidnappings in Venezuela's Táchira Tell Different Tale than Government Data

INFOGRAPHICS / 13 SEP 2019

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 Venezuela-Colombia border. …

Ex-FARC Mafia: Colombia's Criminal Army Settling Down in Venezuela

COLOMBIA / 4 SEP 2019

The announcement in late August that three important former leaders of the demobilized FARC were returning to war did not only threaten the fragile Colombian peace agreement but raised questions…

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