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US Expands Probe of Venezuela PdVSA to Money Laundering

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 OCT 2015

Authorities in the US have launched investigations into Venezuela’s state-owned oil company on corruption allegations, including possible involvement in the black market currency exchange and money laundering.

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Is 'Cartel of the Suns' Behind Venezuela-Colombia Border Closure?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 AUG 2015

Speculation has emerged that Venezuela's unilateral shutdown of its border with Colombia is intended to discourage the extradition of two suspected drug traffickers linked to Venezuelan security forces, raising the…

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Colonel Accuses Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia of Smuggling Cocaine

BOLIVIA / 18 MAY 2015

In a series of contentious but dubious allegations, a former military official from Bolivia has accused the presidents of Bolivia and Venezuela of conspiring to traffic cocaine into Spain.

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Survey Describes Life in Crime-Racked Venezuela

INFOGRAPHICS / 4 MAY 2015

A new survey in Venezuela paints a picture of the ways in which insecurity affects the lives of ordinary citizens, and also highlights certain issues in critical need of more…

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How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Fed US Heroin Market

HEROIN / 15 DEC 2014

The Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of New York’s heroin market, replacing Colombian and Asian groups as the principal supplier of the drug, according to an investigation by the Dromomanos collective, winner…

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Venezuela Considered LatAm's Most Corrupt: Report

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 3 DEC 2014

Venezuela is yet again perceived as the most corrupt country in Latin America, according to a new report by Transparency International, suggesting that President Nicolas Maduro has a long way…

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'Intelligence Report' Details Role of Guatemala Police in Drug Trade

GUATEMALA / 14 OCT 2014

A report allegedly produced for US anti-drug and intelligence agencies has detailed how corrupt factions of Guatemala's police -- including high-level officers -- dedicate themselves to stealing and reselling drug…

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Venezuela Blames Sinaloa Cartel for Air France Cocaine Shipment

SINALOA CARTEL / 1 SEP 2014

Officials in Venezuela have claimed that last year's record cocaine seizure from an Air France flight out of Caracas belonged to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, in a statement that -- whether…

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$84 Mn Embezzlement Case Underscores Venezuela Corruption

VENEZUELA / 11 JUL 2014

Authorities have arrested a former Venezuela bank official accused of embezzling $84 million, while the daughter of the former president is also caught up in a financial crime scandal, two…

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Could it Be that the Venezuela Murder Rate Did Peak in 2008?

HOMICIDES / 5 FEB 2014

As Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres and the Venezuelan Violence Observatory battle it out over the 2013 murder figures, most Venezuelans shrug their shoulders and believe who they want to…

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Ex-Venezuela Army Captain Added to US Kingpin List

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 23 AUG 2013

The US Treasury Department has added a former Venezuelan army captain to its list of Specially Designated Drug Traffickers, further proof of the importance of the Venezuelan military to international…

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Venezuela to Create Task Force to Fight Border Crime

CONTRABAND / 5 AUG 2013

The Venezuelan government plans to create a new force tasked with patrolling the border with Colombia, which will face an uphill battle if it is to make a dent in…

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