All About Rastrojos

COLOMBIA / 25 JUL 2011

Colombian authorities have confirmed that Angel de Jesus Pacheco, alias "Sebastian," a commander of drug gang the Rastrojos, was found dead.

COLOMBIA / 9 JUN 2011

Colombia's police arrested 23 of their own officers, 15 of them accused of working with drug trafficking gang the Rastrojos.

COLOMBIA / 2 JUN 2011

Colombia’s arrest of 39 alleged members of drug gang the Rastrojos, many of them working in law enforcement, indicates the power of this group to corrupt state bodies in the…

COLOMBIA / 24 MAY 2011

Colombian authorities discovered 12 tons of cocaine in a container headed for Mexico, most likely a shipment from Colombia’s Rastrojos to a Mexican cartel, while police simultaneously seized $2.8 million…

COLOMBIA / 24 MAY 2011

The Colombian province of Cauca is one of the most strategic in the country and the site of the most sustained combat between Marxist guerrillas and the army. The authorities…

COLOMBIA / 19 MAY 2011

Colombia's police have announced a wave of arrests of suspected members of drug gangs, known as BACRIMs, across the country.

COLOMBIA / 6 MAY 2011

Authorities are following through on a promised security surge in southwest Colombia, one of the most troubled areas in the country. But it is not clear what the government hopes…

COLOMBIA / 29 APR 2011

As Colombia’s largest guerrilla army grows weaker, its allegiances to other armed groups in the country have fractured. Increasingly based on local dynamics rather than overarching national strategy, these relationships…

COLOMBIA / 27 APR 2011

Colombia captured a top commander of one of the country's smaller drug-trafficking groups, Renacer (Rebirth). The existence of these minor paramilitary successor groups, like Cordillera and the…

ECUADOR / 22 APR 2011

Ecuador has arrested a Colombian drug lord from a little known but very rich gang, Cordillera. Loosely translated as the "Mountain Range," the gang is dedicated less to the exportation…

COLOMBIA / 18 APR 2011

The arrest of an intermediary between the Sinaloa Cartel and Colombia's Rastrojos and the FARC, sheds light on the extensive business connections between Mexico and Colombia, responsible for shipping hundreds…

COLOMBIA / 12 APR 2011

The leader of the decimated Machos, a group once responsible for shipping hundreds of tons of cocaine to the US, has surrendered, while his bitter rivals, the Rastrojos, have become…

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