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Histories and profiles of organized crime groups, insurgencies, street gangs, vigilantes and the criminal actors that lead them.

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Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez, alias ‘El Coss’

EL COSS / 2017-09-27

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias "El Coss," headed the Gulf Cartel, which has its headquarters in Tamaulipas, along the…

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias ‘El Chapo’

EL CHAPO / 2019-03-29

Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzmán Loera, alias "El Chapo," heads up an alliance of powerful drug traffickers known…

Ismael Zambada García, alias ‘El Mayo’

EL MAYO / MAY 21, 2019

Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias "El Mayo," heads a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. Along his recently escaped partner, Joaquin Guzman…

Hector Beltran Leyva, alias ‘El H’

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 2016-11-17 15:34:18

Hector Beltran Leyva, alias "El H," was the head of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) in Mexico. Once one of the most…

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias ‘Gabino’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 19, 2020

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino," was a peasant recruit who rose to become the commander in chief and political leader…

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias ‘El Ingeniero’

EL INGENIERO (TIJUANA) / 2016-10-20 20:29:31

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias "El Ingeniero" or "Fernandito," was the enigmatic head of the Tijuana Cartel, until his capture in…

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:12:46

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias "Sebastian," is a former hitman turned leader of the feared Oficina de Envigado organization that operates…

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias ‘Antonio Garcia’

ANTONIO GARCÍA / 2016-11-07 21:05:19

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias "Antonio Garcia," is the number two commander in Colombia’s National Liberation Army (…

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias ‘Tony Tormenta’

GULF CARTEL / 2016-11-17 15:34:48

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias "Tony Tormenta," headed up the financial and logistics side of the Gulf Cartel, which his brother,…

Alejandro Flores Cacho

ALEJANDRO FLORES CACHO / 2016-11-17 15:35:25

Alejandro Flores Cacho runs the air operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. A mysterious figure, relatively little is known…

Heriberto Lazcano, alias ‘Z3’

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / 2016-10-20 19:47:17

Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z3," was a former commander in the Mexican special forces, before going on to head the…

Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias ‘El Loco’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 5, 2020

Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias "El Loco," was the closest thing Colombia has to a modern Pablo Escobar. Until his capture…

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COLOMBIA / 15 APR 2021

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FENTANYL / 14 APR 2021

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BRAZIL / 14 APR 2021

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