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Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, alias 'The Chess Player'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 21 JUN 2022

Colombian kingpin, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, alias “The Chess Player,” was one of the leaders of the Cali Cartel.

Jobanis de Jesús Ávila Villadiego, alias ‘Chiquito Malo’

COLOMBIA / JUNE 17, 2022

Jobanis de Jesús Ávila Villadiego, alias "Chiquito Malo," is the current commander of the Urabeños.

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 groups in Colombia.

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 / MAY 10, 2022

The Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra (Autodefensas Conquistadores de la Sierra), emerged following the demobilization of paramilitary blocs along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.

Pablo Escobar

AUC / 30 AUG 2021

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

Border Command

COLOMBIA / JUNE 11, 2022

Los Comandos de la Frontera, or the Border Command, formerly known as La Mafia, is a group made up of FARC dissidents and La Constru, a successor of the AUC.

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.

Colombia Profile

COLOMBIA / 2021-01-21

While Colombia's situation has improved since the FARC demobilized, it faces significant challenges from a more fragmented organized crime landscape.

EPL

COLOMBIA GROUPS / JULY 15, 2022

The EPL, also called the Pelusos, were once a major criminal threat in Colombia but have faded in recent years after losing key territory.

Second Marquetalia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / JULY 5, 2022

The Second Marquetalia is one of the largest group of dissident FARC, who rejected the 2016 peace process with the government.

Ricardo Abel Ayala Orrego, 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.

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Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

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Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

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InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…