All About Rastrojos

RASTROJOS / 11 JAN 2012

Two of Colombia's most powerful drug trafficking organizations have taken their war across the border into Venezuela, eager to secure crossing points and influence in this crucial transit nation.

COLOMBIA / 7 DEC 2011

The prevailing wisdom is that Colombian traffickers have been eclipsed in Central America by the rise of their Mexican counterparts, but Colombian groups remain a significant force in the region.

COLOMBIA / 25 NOV 2011

After becoming a key witness for the DEA, one of the former members of the Cali Cartel is reportedly back in his old territory and waging a bitter war against…

COLOMBIA / 2 NOV 2011

The New York Times photo blog features images from Choco, on Colombia's Pacific coast, where Afro-Colombian communities are menaced by armed groups who are taking control of the illicit…

COLOMBIA / 24 OCT 2011

Colombia's new generation criminal gangs, known as BACRIMs, have set their sights on infiltrating local politics, following the tradition of their predecessors in the paramilitary army AUC. InSight Crime outlines…

COLOMBIA / 5 OCT 2011

The extradition of another top lieutenant from the Rastrojos drug gang, heirs to Colombia's powerful Norte del Valle Cartel, delivers more leverage to U.S. authorities to force the group's leadership…

COLOMBIA / 5 SEP 2011

U.S. and Colombian authorities have chalked up a series of victories against the organization of one of Colombia's most prolific drug traffickers, Daniel "El Loco" Barrera.

COLOMBIA / 22 AUG 2011

The leader of the Rastrojos, one of Colombia's most powerful drug gangs, is reportedly negotiating his surrender to the U.S. With nine of his co-conspirators set to be extradited, the…

COLOMBIA / 15 AUG 2011

Defectors from the Rastrojos, one of Colombia's most powerful gangs, have revealed a payroll of corrupt officials in one region of the country, giving a glimpse of the ability of…

COLOMBIA / 4 AUG 2011

The embattled Pacific state of Choco could soon be the new frontline in Colombia's war against drug trafficking gangs.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 1 AUG 2011

Authorities seized a stash of Chinese weapons, thought to belong to the leaders of the Rastrojos gang, from a vehicle in the south Colombia city of Cali.

COLOMBIA / 1 AUG 2011

As Mexico's criminal underworld fragments under pressure from the security forces, that of Colombia appears to be consolidating around two opposing criminal networks.

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…