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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Horst Walther Overdick, alias "El Tigre"

Horst Walther Overdick, alias "El Tigre," was one of the biggest drug traffickers in Guatemala and a key facilitator of…

Texis Cartel

CHEPE DIABLO / 18 AUG 2011

Unlike some Central American gangs that have earned fame for their brutality and their liberal use of violence, the Cartel…

Reynerio Flores Lazo

EL SALVADOR PERSONALITIES / 2017-03-09 22:27:26

While Reynerio Flores is serving an 80-year jail term, he remains one of the most notorious and important leaders of…

José Natividad Luna Pereira, alias ‘Chepe Luna’

CHEPE LUNA / 2020-03-10 22:29:20

Once the most powerful boss of the Perrones "transportista" syndicate, Jose Natividad Luna Pereira, alias "Chepe Luna," was murdered in…

Perrones

CHEPE LUNA / 2020-03-10 22:07:47

The Perrones are El Salvador's most infamous transportation group. Made up of a mix of hoteliers, human smugglers, and contraband…

Barrio 18

BARRIO 18 / 16 JUN 2011

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere.

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Extermination Sites - The New Depths of Mexico's Disappearance Crisis

HUMAN RIGHTS / 4 AUG 2021

Families combing for clues about their vanished loved ones at recently discovered extermination sites in northern Mexico have turned to local cartel leaders for help - revealing their desperation to…

3 Takeaways from Jovenel Moïse’s Murder Investigation in Haiti

CARIBBEAN / 3 AUG 2021

Nearly a month after the midnight assassination of former Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, many of the details about the murder plot remain murky despite scores of arrests.

A Blend of Family and Politics in Guatemala's Cocaine Trade

COCAINE / 3 AUG 2021

An anti-narcotics operation in western Guatemala has shed further light on how families involved in local politics can play a pivotal role in the regional cocaine trade.

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