All About Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 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…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 23 AUG 2013

The US Treasury Department has added a former Venezuelan army captain to its list of Specially Designated Drug Traffickers, further proof of the importance of the Venezuelan military to international…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 6 MAY 2013

Venezuela will deploy the military to fight crime, a move that will likely increase concerns over the depth of corruption in the armed forces and the possibility that human…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 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…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 8 JAN 2013

The rumors of President Hugo Chavez's imminent death, and the jostling for position among his possible successors, are creating conditions in which crime and violence are flourishing and likely to…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 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…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 30 OCT 2012

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has replaced General Henry Rangel Silva as head of the Defense Ministry, which could indicate that Chavez is seeking to distance himself from the general, who…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 8 OCT 2012

Hugo Chavez's victory in the presidential elections will give Venezuela's organized criminal syndicates another six years to grow and consolidate their power, in South America's most important transit nation for…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 27 SEP 2012

A captured leader of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) has accused Venezuelan generals of complicity in an international cocaine trafficking network that sent drug flights to Mexico, in the…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 8 AUG 2012

Venezuelans like to blame Colombia for their problems with organized crime while Colombians say that Venezuela has its own powerful drug trafficking organizations working closely with members of the country's…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 10 APR 2012

The trial of Walid Makled, a drug kingpin who claims that he worked with Venezuela's political and military elite, has started in a closed courtroom in Caracas, fuelling concerns he…

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 30 JAN 2012

Allegations that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez knew of drug trafficking charges against his new defense minister not only suggest institutional corruption in the security forces, but that the president is…

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