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Chavez's Legacy: An Explosion of Violence and Drug Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 6 MAR 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose death from cancer was announced this week, leaves behind a slew of half-started security initiatives, but overall his government proved woefully incapable of tackling violence…

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Venezuelan Government Recognizes Record Murder Rate

HOMICIDES / 4 MAR 2013

The Venezuelan government has confirmed that over 16,000 people were killed in 2012, while over 2,000 were murdered during the first two months of 2013, pointing to little letup in…

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Venezuela with more than 21,600 murders in 2012: NGO

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 DEC 2012

According to calculations made by a respected NGO, Venezuela is now far and away the most dangerous country in South America, with Caracas one of the most dangerous capitals in…

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Rastrojos Founder Captured in Venezuela

4 JUN 2012

Venezuelan authorities have caught the founding leader of the Rastrojos, once Colombia's most powerful transnational criminal organization, which is now likely to fragment and provoke a shift in mafia across…

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Former Officials Allege 'Cartel War' in Venezuelan Military

VENEZUELA / 10 MAY 2012

Allegations of high-level corruption in Venezuela continue to mount, with two former government officials alleging that rival drug trafficking factions are battling within the upper levels of the Venezuelan security…

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Rastrojos Now the Major Criminal Player on Venezuela-Colombia Border: Report

RASTROJOS / 24 APR 2012

Colombia's Rastrojos gang now dominates the Venezuelan border, working with the Mexican Zetas to control much of the drugs moving into this crucial transit nation, according to a new report…

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Ex-FARC Mafia in Venezuela

EX-FARC MAFIA / OCTOBER 13, 2021

Venezuela is a vital base of operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and three of its seven blocs (fighting divisions) have a presence there. The country provides the…

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Venezuela Profile

VENEZUELA / 2017-11-10

Venezuela is a key transit country for drug shipments leaving Colombia for the United States and Europe. Foreign groups, particularly Colombians, have traditionally controlled Venezuela's drug trade, being attracted by…

VENEZUELA

Samark López Bello

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / JUNE 14, 2019

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

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Venezuela Criminal Structures Bolster Maduro in Second Term

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 11 JAN 2019

The swearing in of Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term demonstrates just how deeply entrenched organized crime structures are in Venezuela’s government, having helped to sustain a regime marked…

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US Mulls Sanctions Against Venezuela's Diosdado Cabello

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 27 FEB 2018

The United States government could impose sanctions on the second most powerful person in Venezuela, according to a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in the country. This indicates that the…

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New US Sanctions Hit Top Venezuela Officials With Criminal Ties

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 27 JUL 2017

The latest round of sanctions by the United States against high-ranking Venezuelan officials claim to punish human rights abuses, but several of these powerful figures have also contributed to the…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…