All About Rastrojos

COLOMBIA / 28 MAR 2011

A spike of killings in Cali is raising concern that the city is descending into a new spiral of mafia-related violence. There are signs that the most powerful criminal empire…

COLOMBIA / 17 MAR 2011

Now identified as the principal national security threat, two of Colombia's most powerful emerging criminal bands (BACRIMs), are gearing up for a major confrontation over access to the country’s Pacific…

COLOMBIA / 8 MAR 2011

Following the discovery in February of Colombia’s first fully submersible “narco-submarine,” built by drug cartels to ship cocaine through the Pacific to the United States via Central America…

AUC / 1 MAR 2011

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has been widely praised for his grand plan to return swathes of land to the country’s massive population of internal refugees, forced off their…

AUC / 22 FEB 2011

WikiLeaks is a curious, multilayered beast. On the surface, the diplomatic cables reveal "secrets." But perhaps more importantly, they give us context and meaning to government policy and, sometimes, folly.

COLOMBIA / 21 FEB 2011

Leftist guerrilla groups are allying with neo-paramilitary bands in Northern Santander, a state where these rival groups once battled fiercely for territory. These types of alliances between the left wing…

COLOMBIA / 15 FEB 2011

In a display of drug cartels’ increasing technological sophistication, Colombian officials have captured the first submarine capable of smuggling cocaine underwater to Mexico. Drug seizures along Colombia’s Pacific Coast in…

COLOMBIA / 14 FEB 2011

While Colombian rebel groups and the new generation of drug cartels have been moving ever closer in the interests of the drug trade, the FARC and the Rastrojos have engaged…

COLOMBIA / 10 FEB 2011

In a signal of the growing power of Colombia's drug-trafficking criminal bands, or BACRIMs, the Miami Attorney General's Office has created a new prosecution unit dedicated to investigating groups…

COLOMBIA / 8 FEB 2011

The drug-trafficking bands competing for territory near the Colombia's Caribbean coast may be willing to negotiate their surrender to authorities, according to the bishop of Monteria, whose diocese, the…

COLOMBIA / 20 JAN 2011

Colombian authorities have announced a renewed offensive in the coastal province of Cordoba, where drug-trafficking gangs are clashing over the control of key smuggling routes to the Caribbean.

DIEGO RASTROJO / 19 JAN 2011

Colombian media reported that authorities in Venezuela had detained Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo," a top commander of one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in…

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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. …