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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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Mario Ramirez Treviño, alias ‘X20’

GULF CARTEL / 2016-11-17 15:28:34

Mario Ramirez Treviño, alias X20, was the head of the Gulf Cartel, an organization that has trafficked contraband and illegal…

Alejandro ‘Omar’ Treviño Morales, alias ‘Z42’

MEXICO / 2016-11-17 15:30:02

Alejandro "Omar" Treviño Morales, alias "Z42," was a member of criminal organization the Zetas and brother to former Zetas leader…

Peru Profile

PERU / 2018-04-06

Violence in Peru has been relatively low since the end of its civil conflict in the late 1990s. Although it…

Moris Alexander Bercián Manchón, alias ‘El Barney’

EL SALVADOR / 2020-03-09

Moris Alexander Bercián Manchón, alias "El Barney," is one of six MS13 members in El Salvador sanctioned by the United…

EPR

EPR / 2017-03-07 21:46:34

The Popular Revolutionary Army (Ejercito Popular Revolucionario - EPR) is a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group based in southern Mexico that has…

Knights Templar

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / MAY 5, 2020

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…

Juárez Cartel

JUAREZ CARTEL / JULY 10, 2020

The Juárez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the United States throughout its long and turbulent…

FARC

COLOMBIA / 1 MAY 2013

As the biggest irregular army in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia…

First Capital Command – PCC

BRAZIL / MARCH 9, 2020

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital – PCC) was inspired by the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). Both criminal…

Amigos dos Amigos

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 2018-03-30

Amigos dos Amigos is a criminal group based in Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro. The organization was formed in…

Red Command

BRAZIL GROUPS / 2 APR 2013

The Red Command (Comando Vermelho) is Brazil’s oldest criminal group, created in a Rio de Janeiro prison in the 1970s…

Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias ‘Nem’

AMIGOS DOS AMIGOS / 2018-04-04

Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias “Nem,” led the Amigos dos Amigos gang in Rocinha, a neighborhood of some 150,000 residents…

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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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