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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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The Colombian Mafia

COLOMBIA / 13 MAR 2018

The mafia in Colombia today is comprised of a maelstrom of localized groups, shadowy power brokers and sub-contracted labor that…

Colombia’s Comprehensive Approach for a Post-FARC State

COLOMBIA / 9 MAR 2018

The demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) has simultaneously represented a…

José Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos, alias ‘El Árabe,’ or the ‘Patron de Caucasia’

COLOMBIA MAFIA / MAY 10, 2019

José Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos is presumed to be one of the biggest drug lords in Colombia. During his criminal career…

EPL

COLOMBIA GROUPS / 2021-01-21

The dissidence of the EPL, which the Security Forces call Los Peludos, is the dissidence of the guerrilla group Popular…

Miguel Botache Santillana, alias ‘Gentil Duarte’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / OCTOBER 27, 2019

Miguel Botache Santillana, better known as "Gentil Duarte," is currently Colombia's most wanted criminal. He used to be an…

Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, alias ‘Pablito’

ELN / MARCH 3, 2019

Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo Quinchía, alias “Pablito”, is a member of the ELN’s Central Command (Comando Central – COCE). He is one of the…

Géner García Molina, alias ‘Jhon 40’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / OCTOBER 27, 2019

Géner García Molina, better known as "Jhon 40," is the one who connects the cocaine that leaves southern Colombia…

1st Front Dissidence (Ex-FARC Mafia)

COLOMBIA GROUPS / JULY 13, 2019

The 1st Front dissidence is the most important of the criminal groups comprised of ex-members of the now demobilized Revolutionary…

Néstor Gregorio Vera Fernández, alias ‘Iván Mordisco’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / OCTOBER 27, 2019

Nestor Gregorio Vera Fernández, alias “Iván Mordisco,” is currently one of southern Colombia’s principal criminals. Until 2016 he served as…

Ex-FARC Mafia: The New Player in Colombian Organized Crime

COLOMBIA / 9 MAR 2018

The Marxist rebel army of the FARC is gone, disbanded and reborn as a political party. But the ex-FARC mafia…

Knights Templar

MEXICO GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The Knights Templar (Cabelleros Templarios) emerged in March 2011 as a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana. Like their predecessors, the Knights Templar cast themselves…

Cartel of the Suns

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 12 SEP 2017

The “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is the term used to describe the shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s…

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LatAm Crime Groups Set Sights on Europe’s Bustling Cocaine Market

COCAINE / 2 MAR 2021

With higher profits and lower risks than the United States, Europe has emerged recently as arguably the most important cocaine market in the world.

Colectivos Ramp Up Property Seizures in Venezuela

COLECTIVOS / 2 MAR 2021

An increase in the number of reports of illegal invasions of homes and commercial establishments in Venezuela during the pandemic has revealed the ever-widening criminal portfolio managed by militant civilian…

French Guiana’s Unpatrolled Waters Lure Illegal Fishing Crews

BRAZIL / 2 MAR 2021

Illegal fishing off the coast of French Guiana surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as French maritime patrols struggled to mobilize resources, luring illegal fishing crews to the country's pristine waters.

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