All About Illegal Mining

COCA / 22 SEP 2015

It was one of the few successful drug crop substitutions in Colombia’s history -- albeit one led by armed groups and an underground economy. But now, the migration from coca…

BOLIVIA / 5 AUG 2015

In this special investigation, Peruvian investigative journalism website OjoPublico traces the trail of illegal gold from Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia to companies in the United States.

GOLD / 4 AUG 2015

The inside story of the companies accused of financing South America's illegal gold trade.

ILLEGAL MINING / 16 JUN 2015

Illegal mining in eastern Venezuela has expanded rapidly in recent years, drawing attention to a mining region where no large underworld structures are known to operate but that nonetheless offers…

COLOMBIA / 13 MAY 2015

Colombian authorities delivered what they said was the most significant blow against illegal mining in a decade, meant to undermine a major source of funding for the nation's largest guerrilla…

ILLEGAL MINING / 22 APR 2015

A new video of a caravan of hitmen in northern Mexican offers a rare view of the fighting forces of Mexico’s criminal organizations, and may reflect the ongoing incursion of…

ILLEGAL MINING / 13 APR 2015

The head of a Canadian mining company has admitted to interacting with Mexico criminal groups in order to facilitate mining operations, illustrating a common regional dynamic that is rarely discussed…

COLOMBIA / 23 JAN 2015

Colombia has launched a new scheme to undermine illegal mining by controlling the purchase and sale of minerals, which comes amid a still unraveling billion dollar illegal gold export scandal…

COLOMBIA / 19 JAN 2015

Colombia's Attorney General's Office announced the results of an investigation involving an illegal network that had allegedly laundered $1 billion through gold sales, in a case revealing how criminals use…

COLOMBIA / 13 JAN 2015

Colombia is preparing a series of new legal reforms to tackle illegal gold mining, after seeing seizures of illegal gold increase by over 6,600 percent last year. However, with falling…

FARC / 3 DEC 2014

A journalist in Peru has reported that Colombia's FARC guerrillas are profiting from the illegal gold trade inside Peru, underscoring the rebels' cross-border activities and their deep involvement in the…

COLOMBIA / 27 NOV 2014

The kidnapping of a military general by FARC rebels operating in Colombia's Pacific state of Choco -- which led to the suspension of peace talks with the government -- has…

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