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Venezuela National Assembly Targets Pro-Govt ‘Colectivos’

COLECTIVOS / 26 APR 2017

Venezuela's National Assembly launched a commission to investigate the role of government-backed militias during recent, widespread deadly protests, while calling on the army to disarm these criminalized groups known as…

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Opposition Protests Will Be Met With Colectivos: Venezuelan VP

COLECTIVOS / 28 OCT 2016

Venezuela's vice president has threatened to repress opposition protests with colectivos -- pro-government armed groups that are becoming increasingly criminalized -- bringing the country closer to the brink of civil…

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Prosecutors Say Venezuela's 'Narco Nephews' Liaised with FARC

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 25 JUL 2016

Court documents allege two nephews of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro's wife who face drug trafficking charges in New York planned to receive cocaine from Colombia's FARC guerrillas in a case that…

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Colombian Airline Executive to Testify on Venezuela Drug Flights

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 29 JAN 2016

A Colombian airline executive has turned himself over to US authorities and is expected to testify about drug flights leaving Venezuela. However, it is not a given that his testimony…

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Venezuela Tries Low Level Military Drug Traffickers

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 18 JAN 2016

Seven current and former Venezuela military officials are to be tried for allowing illegal drug flights to transit through the country, in a small-scale prosecution that continues to leave the…

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US to Bring Drug Charges Against Venezuelan Military: Report

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 9 DEC 2015

According to a report by ABC España, the United States plans to bring formal drug trafficking charges against half a dozen high-ranking Venezuelan military officials, including multiple…

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Venezuela Military Officials Piloted Drug Plane

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 20 NOV 2015

The latest developments in a drug trafficking case embroiling relatives of President Nicolas Maduro suggest that the military is actively involved in transporting cocaine to Haiti, inching investigations ever closer…

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Venezuela Drug Trafficker Turned Informant Sentenced: Lightly

ELITES AND CRIME / 11 FEB 2015

Notorious Venezuela drug trafficker Walid Makled has been sentenced to 14 years in prison but absolved of several crimes in what is a surprisingly lenient verdict considering both the charges…

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Top Venezuela Govt Official Accused of Drug Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 27 JAN 2015

A former Venezuelan presidential security chief has accused the nation's National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello of drug trafficking, in just the latest event to heap pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

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Colombia's 'Madman' Pleads Guilty in US

COLOMBIA / 10 OCT 2014

Daniel "El Loco" (The Madman) Barrera has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US federal court, in what could perhaps conclude the saga of Colombia's last major international drug…

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'Venezuela Never Reported Cocaine Haul in Jet Plane'

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 15 SEP 2014

Venezuelan authorities never disclosed that another cocaine haul was discovered in a jet plane earlier this year, raising new questions about the amount of drugs being moved through the country's…

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Release of Ex-Intelligence Chief Highlights Venezuela Official Impunity

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 JUL 2014

A former intelligence chief from Venezuela accused of drug trafficking and ties to Colombia's FARC guerrillas has been released just days after his arrest in Aruba, illustrating the impunity enjoyed…

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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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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…