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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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Monos

ARGENTINA GROUPS / APRIL 28, 2022

The criminal group known as “Los Monos,” led by members of the Cantero family, has been operating for more than…

Álex Saab

VENEZUELA PERSONALITIES / OCTOBER 18, 2021

Álex Saab is a Colombian businessman known for making million dollar deals with the Venezuelan government involving prefabricated houses and…

Samark López Bello

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / JUNE 14, 2019

Samark López Bello is a Venezuelan businessman and currently a fugitive from American justice facing charges of laundering drug money.

Jarvis Chimenes Pavão, alias "The Drug Kingpin"

PARAGUAY / MAY 23, 2019

Brazilian national Jarvis Chimenes Pavão rose to become one of South America’s most prominent drug traffickers and the successor of…

Tareck El Aissami

VENEZUELA PERSONALITIES / JUNE 17, 2019

Tareck El Aissami is the Minister of Industries and National Production of Venezuela. He has held this position since June…

Seuxis Pausías Hernández, alias 'Jesús Santrich'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 18, 2021

Seuxis Pausías Hernández Solarte, alias “Jesús Santrich,” was a senior former FARC commander who participated in that guerrilla group's demobilization…

Hernán Darío Velásquez Saldarriaga, alias 'El Paisa'

COLOMBIA / DECEMBER 9, 2021

Hernán Darío Velásquez, alias "El Paisa," was a top former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Caparros

AUC / JUNE 2, 2021

Los Caparrapos is a Colombia criminal group linked to drug trafficking, with a strong presence in Antioquia and Córdoba…

Walter Patricio Arizala, alias “Guacho”

COLOMBIA / JANUARY 18, 2019

Walter Patricio Arizala, alias “Guacho,” was one of the most wanted criminals in both Colombia and Ecuador, after military forces…

Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG)

JALISCO CARTEL / 11 DEC 2018

The CJNG is a criminal group that has evolved as a result of killings, captures and rifts in older cartels.

Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias ‘Marcola’

BRAZIL / JULY 18, 2022

Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias "Marcola," has been the top leader of the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital…

Argentina Profile

Despite Argentina's prominent role as a money laundering center and as a drug transit and consumption point, the country does…

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Desperation in the Desert: The Industrialization of Migrant Smuggling on the US-Mexico Border

FEATURED / 5 OCT 2022

Along the US-Mexico border, a booming migrant smuggling industry is closely monitored by organized crime groups.

Military Arsenals Provide Convenient Source of Weapons for Latin American Gangs

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 OCT 2022

Corruption, no supervision, and poor legislation have led to Latin American military weapons ending up in criminal hands.

High-Profile Venezuela-US Prisoner Swap Comes at Opportune Moment

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 OCT 2022

A high-profile prisoner swap raises hopes of improving US-Venezuela relations and abilities to tackle organized crime.

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