Colombia

FARC

COLOMBIA / JULY 15, 2022

The FARC were the largest guerrilla group in Latin America until they agreed to disarm in 2016 after a lengthy peace process.

Norte del Valle Cartel

NORTE DEL VALLE / 2015-11-17 19:50:59

The Norte del Valle Cartel (NDVC) emerged out of the breakup of the infamous Cali Cartel to became the wealthiest and most powerful Colombian drug trafficking organization of its day. However, for much of its lifespan the…

Urabeños - Gulf Clan

COLOMBIA GROUPS / OCTOBER 24, 2021

The Urabeños emerged from the ashes of Colombia’s paramilitary movement to become the dominant criminal force in Colombia, with a reach that spread all across the country.

Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez, alias 'Gavilán'

COLOMBIA / 2017-09-01 17:13:50

Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez, alias "Gavilán," transformed himself from Maoist guerrilla to paramilitary fighter to top leader of the Urabeños. He turned himself in to authorities twice, only to return…

Diego Fernando Murillo, alias 'Don Berna'

COLOMBIA / 2016-11-17 14:48:11

Until his extradition to the United States in 2008, Diego Fernando Murillo, alias "Don Berna," was the leader of mafia group the Oficina de Envigado, which grew from the…

Henry de Jesús López, alias 'Mi Sangre'

AUC / 2017-03-09 22:14:34

Medellin native Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias "Mi Sangre," had a prolific criminal career that saw him become a key number of several criminal organizations in Colombia.

Jose Eberto Lopez Montero, alias 'Caracho'

CARACHO / 2017-03-09 22:17:24

Jose Eberto Lopez Montero, alias "Caracho," is a former soldier who was recruited into the ranks of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), fighting for the paramilitary…

Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias 'Timochenko'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / JANUARY 28, 2020

Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias "Timochenko," is only the third commander-in-chief in the FARC's nearly 50-year history. Of the three, Timochenko has the most mysterious past. …

Cleaning Up Colombia's Vote: The Government Response

COLOMBIA / 25 OCT 2011

Colombia's government is making more effort than ever before to keep criminals from winning political power in the coming elections, but it is up against serious odds, with an…

Despite Security Gains, Violence Stalks Colombia's Elections

COLOMBIA / 25 OCT 2011

Colombia has seen 41 candidates killed in the run-up to the local elections, in an explosion of violence that does not bode well for the progress of democracy in…

The New Political Face of Colombia's Drug Gangs

COLOMBIA / 24 OCT 2011

Colombia's new generation criminal gangs, known as BACRIMs, have set their sights on infiltrating local politics, following the tradition of their predecessors in the paramilitary army AUC. InSight Crime outlines…

Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC

AUC / NOVEMBER 17, 2015

The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) was a coalition of Colombian paramilitaries that used the conflict to carry out illicit economic activities.

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