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Cesar Augusto Torres Lujan, alias 'Mono Vides'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2017-03-09 23:52:15

A former fighter in the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), Cesar Augusto Torres Lujan, alias "Mono Vides," was a commander for the Paisas in Antioquia province. He died…

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Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias 'Otoniel'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / OCTOBER 24, 2021

Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias “Otoniel,” is the head of Colombia’s most powerful criminal group, the Urabeños, and the country’s most wanted man. But his grip on power is slipping as…

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Juan de Dios Úsuga, alias 'Giovanni'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2017-03-09 23:54:35

Juan de Dios Usuga, alias "Giovanni," headed the Urabeños' military wing while the group was under the command of Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias "Don Mario."…

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'Coyotes' Feed on Migrant Workers

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 29 NOV 2010

A report in the Mexican daily El Informador details the plight of Central American migrants on their way northward in pursuit of the "American dream."  In order to…

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Tijuana's Controversial Public Safety Secretary Dismissed

MEXICO / 29 NOV 2010

Julian Leyzaola, Tijuana’s outgoing Secretary of Public Safety, has been dismissed of his duties as a result of human rights concerns, reports El Universal.

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Ballad of 'Don' Alejo Garza, the Man who Died Fighting the Zetas

MEXICO / 29 NOV 2010

The legend of Alejo Garza, a 77-year old farmer who died fighting off the Zetas drug gang while the gang took over his ranch near Ciudad Victoria, Nuevo León, Mexico,…

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Number of Panama Street Gangs Nearly Triples Since 2005

PANAMA / 29 NOV 2010

Street gangs in Panama are continuing to gain territory, according to a recent report.

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Colombian Govt Can't Confirm Death of FARC Leader

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2010

Colombian authorities still cannot confirm that Pablo Benito Cabrera, alias "Fabian Ramírez," a top commander of the FARC, died when the Colombian Air Force bombed his camp November 20.

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Mexican Politician Freed After 6 Months

KIDNAPPING / 29 NOV 2010

Diego Fernández de Cevallos, a top operative and former senator for the National Action Party (PAN) in Mexico, is free after over six months in captivity.

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Mexican Authorities Capture Alleged Aztecas Leader

JUAREZ CARTEL / 29 NOV 2010

Mexican authorities captured Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, alias "El Farmero," the alleged leader of the Aztecas criminal gang. …

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Report: Rio's Fight Against Drug Gangs Continues

BRAZIL / 27 NOV 2010

Brazil's police and military are continuing their crackdown on Rio's powerful organized criminal gangs.

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Report: How Rio is Trying to Retake 'Favelas'

BRAZIL / 25 NOV 2010

A recent report by Bandeirantes TV explores how the Brazilian military police are trying to retake the "favelas" in Rio de Janeiro.

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