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Guillermo Leon Saenz Vargas, alias 'Alfonso Cano'

ALFONSO CANO / 2017-03-10 03:22:31

Guillermo Leon Saenz Vargas, alias Alfonso Cano, was the supreme commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the hemisphere's oldest…

Rastrojos

DIEGO RASTROJO / 2017-02-16 21:57:11

The Rastrojos were born out of the powerful Norte del Valle drug cartel and rose to become one of the…

Familia Michoacana

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / MAY 5, 2020

At the height of its power, the Familia Michoacana’s brutal tactics, strong base of operations and pseudo-religious ideology made it…

ERPAC

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 2017-03-10 03:23:57

The Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (Ejercito Revolucionario Popular Antiterrorista Colombiano - ERPAC) began as a right-wing…

Oficina de Envigado

COLOMBIA GROUPS / OCTOBER 28, 2020

The Oficina de Envigado has evolved from a debt collection agency for Pablo Escobar to a mafia federation that regulates…

CIACS

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 2017-03-09 22:38:30

Guatemala's 40-year civil war laid the groundwork for many criminal organizations, including several that spawned from state intelligence and military…

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China Producers Cashing in on Online Sale of Fentanyl Precursors

FENTANYL / 21 JAN 2022

Chinese companies are turning to online sales to supply the fentanyl precursor market in Mexico. As a result, more criminal groups are producing fentanyl, stoking tensions with the cartels at…

Russia-Argentina Cocaine Plot Finally Resolved With Lengthy Convictions

ARGENTINA / 21 JAN 2022

Five years after a multimillion-dollar drug shipment was discovered in suitcases at the Russian Embassy in Argentina, a Russian court has convicted four men of trying to smuggle cocaine on…

By Land and Sea - Chile Dealing with Surge of Creepy Marijuana

CHILE / 20 JAN 2022

Authorities in Chile have reported a string of massive maritime seizures of marijuana, indicating traffickers are searching for new smuggling routes for their highly potent pot.

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