The Shottas are one of the leading criminal groups in Colombia’s port city of Buenaventura. The group gained notoriety due to its fierce and violent rivalry with the city’s other principal criminal group, the Spartans (Espartanos).
In 2022, both groups agreed to participate in President Gustavo Petro’s “Total Peace” plan, which seeks to establish an “urban peace laboratory” in Buenaventura as part of the greater aim to end the country’s decades-long conflict.Read Profile
Explore the histories and profiles of organized crime groups, including drug trafficking organizations, insurgencies, and street gangs, from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about the groups that fuel the region’s criminal economies.
Explore the personal histories of the most important criminal leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn of their trajectories into crime, the illicit economies they are involved in, and the nefarious networks they control.