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Ex-Intelligence Chief Arrest Shows Venezuela Military Org Crime Ties

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 25 JUL 2014

Authorities in Aruba acting on US orders have arrested a former Venezuelan intelligence chief accused of ties to Colombia's FARC guerrillas and drug trafficking, underscoring the top level collusion with…

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Italy Cocaine Bust Another Case of Venezuela Military Complicity

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 20 MAR 2014

Authorities in Venezuela have detained three security officials linked to a cocaine haul in Italy involving the former secretary of ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in the second recent high-profile…

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Colombia-Venezuela to Launch New Contraband Crackdown

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2014

Colombia and Venezuela are to launch a new anti-smuggling initiative in an attempt to crack down on the huge amounts of contraband crossing their border daily, but local corruption…

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Venezuela: Where the Traffickers Wear Military Uniforms

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 9 NOV 2013

In Venezuela the drug traffickers wear camouflage. On the Colombian border, Colombian and Venezuelan guerrillas and the army fight for control of the drug trade. Senior military officers have also…

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How Venezuela's Military Tried to Fly A Ton of Cocaine to France

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 21 OCT 2013

Behind the biggest cocaine haul in French history were members of Venezuela's military. InSight Crime's investigation reveals the trafficking methods used by corrupt military cells and the covert international…

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Venezuela Sentences Police to 26 Years for Drug Trafficking

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 7 OCT 2013

Five police officers have been handed 26 year prison sentences for drug trafficking in Venezuela, in a case that represents a welcome move against corrupt elements in the country's security forces…

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Venezuela No.1 Trafficker in LatAm: Anti-Drugs Official

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 SEP 2013

A former top anti-drugs official in Venezuela has lambasted corruption in the country and branded it the "number one" drug trafficking nation in Latin America, highlighting how deeply the connections…

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Venezuela Soldiers Arrested For 'Biggest Ever' French Drug Bust

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 23 SEP 2013

Venezuela has arrested three National Guard members after more than a ton of cocaine was discovered on an Air France flight traveling from Caracas to Paris, evidence that the…

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Venezuela, Bolivia Angry over US Drug Policy Blacklisting

BOLIVIA / 16 SEP 2013

Venezuela and Bolivia have reacted angrily to a White House report criticizing their counternarcotics efforts, in another sign of deteriorating relations between the US and these South American allies over…

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Bolivia Turns to Venezuela for Anti-Drug Aid

BOLIVIA / 27 MAY 2013

Bolivia has turned to Venezuela as it continues its search for partners to replace the United States in providing anti-drug aid, in what may prove an unwise choice given that…

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Criminal Activities of the FARC and Rebel Earnings

COLOMBIA / 21 MAY 2013

The FARC engage in criminal activities to fund their struggle to overthrow the state. There is very little difference between the way they and the BACRIM raise money. The only…

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Maduro Blames Venezuela Drug Trafficking on 'Fascist' Paramilitaries

VENEZUELA / 20 MAY 2013

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has admitted the country has a drug trafficking problem, but blamed it on Colombian paramilitary organizations with "links to the fascist right," conveniently ignoring the role…

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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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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…