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AUC / 9 OCT 2013

Authorities in Colombia have captured the step-sister of notorious fallen paramilitary warlords the Castaños, who is a key backer of the Urabeños and a central figure in the battle to…

AUC / 11 SEP 2013

The founder of the Urabeños will be tried as a criminal and not a demobilized paramilitary, following a court ruling on a case that marks the dividing line between Colombia's…

AUC / 19 JUN 2013

An emblematic land restitution campaign in north Colombia illustrates how in some parts of the country, the BACRIM continue to act as a private army for business interests with deep…

AUC / 8 MAY 2013

Paramilitary commanders from the demobilized AUC can now begin applying for parole, highlighting what many see as a weaknesses in that process, and what many others say must be different…

AUC / 9 JAN 2013

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is facing renewed investigations into his alleged criminal ties following fresh accusations over his involvement with paramilitary groups during his time as governor…

AUC / 10 DEC 2012

US prosecutors have asked for the maximum 15-year sentence in the case of Mauricio Santoyo, the security chief of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe who admitted ties to organized…

AUC / 8 NOV 2012

Colombia has captured a former paramilitary leader and Urabeños head accused of some 130 murders, providing a case study in the overlap between the country's armed…

AUC / 11 OCT 2012

Colombian authorities captured the alleged leader of a paramilitary-style group dedicated to opposing a government program to return stolen land to displaced peasants, meaning more details on this shadowy organization's…

AUC / 10 OCT 2012

The arrest of a member of one of Colombia's oldest paramilitary families closes a chapter in Colombia’s conflict, and is representative of just how much the war has changed over…

AUC / 28 SEP 2012

According to accusations by a paramilitary leader and former members of Congress, Alvaro Uribe knowingly received support from paramilitary group the AUC during his 2002 presidential campaign.

AUC / 31 AUG 2012

Mauricio Santoyo, the Colombian police general who once served as chief of security for former President Alvaro Uribe, pleaded guilty to aiding paramilitary forces, raising the question of what kind…

AUC / 8 AUG 2012

As the El Salvadoran gang truce offers hope that it could transform into something more lasting, InSight Crime looks at the lessons from Colombia’s peace process a decade earlier with…

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Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…

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Who Are Memo Fantasma and Sergio Roberto de Carvalho?

24 JUN 2022

Inside the criminal career of Memo Fantasma  In March 2020, InSight Crime revealed the identity and whereabouts of Memo Fantasma, a paramilitary commander and drug trafficker living in…