Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins   

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets, while Venezuela’s contraband fuel h... READ MORE

Coca, Cocaine and Guerrillas: Capturing the ‘Lost War’

We stayed longer than we should have. It was always like that with Carlos Villalon. That’s what he does. He stays longer than anybody should. On that occasion, back in 2005, we were in Putumayo with... READ MORE

The ‘Invisibles’: Colombia’s New Generation of Drug Traffickers

Drug trafficking has long embedded itself in Colombia’s civil conflict, hiding among, and subverting, the warring factions. Now as the civil conflict draws down, with just the ELN still in the field... READ MORE

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM: Murder

Life of a Sicario Anatomy of a Hit The BACRIM’s control over territories such as the north Colombian region of Bajo Cauca comes at the point of a gun, and death is a constant price of their p... READ MORE

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM: Power

  The Bajo Cauca Franchise BACRIM-Land Armed Power Dynamics The BACRIM in places like the region of Bajo Cauca are a typical manifestation of Colombia’s underworld today: a semi-autonomou... READ MORE

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM: Money

Drugs Extortion Criminal Cash Flows Millions of dollars in dirty money circulate constantly around Bajo Cauca, flowing upwards and outwards from a broad range of criminal activities. The BACRIM are ... READ MORE

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