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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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Escritório do Crime

BRAZIL GROUPS / 15 FEB 2021

Escritório do Crime (Office of Crime) is one of the largest and most powerful militia groups in Brazil’s second-largest city,…

Fuerza Anti-Unión

MEXICO GROUPS / 2020-11-13

La Fuerza Anti-Unión (FAU) is a criminal organization that has grown rapidly since its inception as a vigilante group.

La Unión Tepito

LA UNIÓN TEPITO / NOVEMBER 12, 2020

La Unión Tepito is a large criminal group indigenous to Mexico City, named after one of the capital’s largest neighborhoods.

Rotela Clan

CLAN ROTELA / AUGUST 23, 2020

Rotela Clan is a criminal group run by the Rotela family in Paraguay. It was originally specialized in the microtrafficking…

Segunda Marquetalia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / AUGUST 18, 2020

The Segunda Marquetalia is a group made up of guerrillas, who once belonged to the FARC, but who refused to…

Ricardo Abel Ayala Ortega, alias ‘Cabuyo’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / JULY 28, 2020

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

Los Chapitos

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / 2 JUL 2020

The now-jailed former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo,” had many sons, but only a select few…

Luis Agustin Caicedo Velandia, alias ‘Don Lucho’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2020-04-29

For some two decades, Luis Agustin Caicedo Velandia, alias “Don Lucho,” is alleged to have played a significant role in…

José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias ‘El Marro’

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / AUGUST 3, 2020

José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, alias “El Marro,” is the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) and one…

Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, alias “Piloto”

BRAZIL PERSONALITIES / APRIL 13, 2020

Marcelo “Piloto” Pinheiro was considered one of the Brazilian government’s most sought-after drug traffickers until 2017. He is believed to…

Gilberto Aparecido Dos Santos, alias ‘Fuminho’

BRAZIL PERSONALITIES / APRIL 13, 2020

Gilberto Aparecido Dos Santos, alias “Fuminho,” is one of the leaders of Brazil’s largest and most powerful criminal organization, the…

Family of the North – FDN

BRAZIL GROUPS / MARCH 5, 2020

Family of the North (Familia do Norte - FDN) has long been Brazil’s third-largest criminal group, with a strong presence…

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ELITES AND CRIME / 25 FEB 2021

Venezuelan officials may have finally met a PDVSA corruption scandal they cannot allow to go unpunished, hinting at just how dire the country’s oil and gas shortage has become.

Venezuela’s Saab Story Continues With Benefit Concert

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 FEB 2021

As alleged Maduro financier Alex Saab awaits potential extradition to the United States, the Venezuelan government decided that a concert catered by a company linked to Saab’s illicit activities would…

US Senators Seek Sanctions Against Honduras President

COCAINE / 24 FEB 2021

Eight Democratic senators have sent the first signals that the United States will divorce itself from Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández amid mounting allegations of drug trafficking, saying in a…

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