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10th Front - Ex-FARC Mafia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 18 JAN 2022

The 10th Front, also known as the Martín Villa Front, is one of the most active elements of the ex-FARC MAfia, a loosely connected network of criminal groups who splintered…

The Capture of Otoniel

27 OCT 2021

Otoniel was the most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia, with a $5 million bounty on his head. InSight Crime explores the real consequences of his arrest for the country's criminal…

Pachenca

COLOMBIA / OCTOBER 20, 2021

The Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self Defense Forces of the Sierra, emerged after paramilitary blocsThe Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self Defense Forces of the Sierra, emerged…

Pablo Escobar

AUC / 30 AUG 2021

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was the pioneer in industrial-scale cocaine trafficking.

Border Command

COLOMBIA / 8 JUL 2021

Los Comandos de la Frontera, or the Border Command, formerly known as La Mafia, is a group made up of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas…

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias 'Antonio Garcia'

ANTONIO GARCÍA / JUNE 24, 2021

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias "Antonio Garcia," is the number two commander in Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group.

Libertadores del Vichada

COLOMBIA / 23 ABRIL DE 2021

The Libertadores del Vichada are a splinter group of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC) based in Colombia's Eastern Plains region. The criminal organization oversees coca cultivation,…

Colombia Profile

COLOMBIA / 2021-01-21

After more than half a century of civil war and the rise and fall of drug trafficking empires, Colombia has made huge strides in improving its security situation in recent…

EPL

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 2021-01-21

The dissidence of the EPL, which the Security Forces call Los Peludos, is the dissidence of the guerrilla group Popular Liberation Army they are considered an armed organized group exclusively…

Second Marquetalia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / MAY 18, 2021

The Segunda Marquetalia is a group made up of guerrillas, who once belonged to the FARC, but who refused to demobilize after the group’s peace agreement with the Colombian government…

Ricardo Abel Ayala Ortega, alias 'Cabuyo'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / APRIL 23, 2021

Ricardo Abel Ayala Ortega, alias "Cabuyo," is currently one of Colombia's highest value military targets and operates mainly in the northwestern department of Antioquia.

Luis Agustin Caicedo Velandia, alias 'Don Lucho'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / JULY 16, 2021

For some two decades, Luis Agustin Caicedo Velandia, alias “Don Lucho,” is alleged to have played a significant role in trafficking drugs out of Colombia’s prized Eastern Plains region.

José Manuel Sierra Sabogal, alias 'Zarco Aldinever'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / FEBRUARY 2, 2020

José Manuel Sierra Sabogal, alias "Zarco Aldinever," served with the 51st, 52nd, and 26th fronts, in the departments of Meta, Cundinamarca and Boyacá and became one of the top commanders…

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