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Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / MAY 14, 2022

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

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios, alias 'Wilexis'

VENEZUELA PERSONALITIES / NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios has led the gang which bears his name since at least 2017. With between 150 and…

The 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, which battles La Union Tepito for territories in Mexico City, has grown rapidly.

La Unión Tepito

LA UNIÓN TEPITO / MAY 9, 2022

La Unión Tepito takes its name from the notorious Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito, where it began.

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…

Second Marquetalia

COLOMBIA GROUPS / JULY 5, 2022

The Second Marquetalia is one of the largest group of dissident FARC, who rejected the 2016 peace process with the…

Ricardo Abel Ayala Orrego, 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…

Chapitos

EL CHAPO / MARCH 8, 2022

The Chapitos are sons of former Sinaloa Cartel leader, Joaquín Guzmán, alias “El Chapo,” now fighting to control the cartel.

Juan Antonio 'Tony' Hernández Alvarado

HONDURAS / SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández Alvarado is a former Honduran congressman, the brother of former Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and…

Tren de Aragua

TREN DE ARAGUA / OCTOBER 21, 2021

The Tren de Aragua is Venezuela’s most powerful local "megabanda," or large criminal gangs with more than 100 members. This…

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