Criminal Actors

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

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Jutiapa, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

Jutiapa is a transit point for narcotics shipments and a hotspot for illegal firearm possession. Criminal groups smuggle illicit weapons…

Border Security Colectivo

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 20 JAN 2021

The Border Security Colectivo (Colectivo de Seguridad Fronteriza – CSF) is a state-supported irregular militia group based in the Colombian…

Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 14 JAN 2021

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

Los Meleán

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 8 JAN 2021

For more than 40 years, the Meleán gang has ranked among the leading criminal groups within the criminal landscape of…

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.

El Salvador Profile

EL SALVADOR / 15 SEP 2020

El Salvador is a relatively small but growing player in the drug trafficking business. It serves as…

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 / APRIL 23, 2021

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…

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Dirty Business – The Smuggling Pipeline Carrying Mercury Across the Amazon

BOLIVIA / 13 MAY 2021

Smuggling networks are feeding illegal mining operations across the Amazon Basin with mercury, despite global efforts to clamp down on the use of the substance.

How Chinese Criminals Secretly Move Millions for Mexico Cartels

CHINA AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2021

While the involvement of Chinese money-laundering rings in handling drug proceeds from Mexico is nothing new, a number of recent court cases in the United States have revealed crucial information…

Showdown Brewing Over Fate of Runaway Mexico Governor

ELITES AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2021

Time appears to be running out for the governor of the US-Mexico border state of Tamaulipas – after lawmakers stripped him of his immunity from prosecution and US officials shared…

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