All About Rastrojos

COLOMBIA / 23 OCT 2012

With the demobilization of 17 fighters in Valle del Cauca and hundreds more possibly to surrender, there are indications that the Rastrojos drug gang, once Colombia's most powerful,…

COLOMBIA / 23 OCT 2012

The Urabeños are fighting rival drug gangs, the Paisas and the Rastrojos, for control of San Andres, a Colombian island whose location close to…

COLOMBIA / 22 OCT 2012

A spate of killings in the Rastrojos stronghold of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, points to increased efforts by the rival Urabeños to move into the…

COLOMBIA / 10 OCT 2012

A captured leader of the Rastrojos drug gang, "Diego Rastrojo," is reportedly still running the gang's illegal activities from the prison where he is awaiting extradition to…

COLOMBIA / 5 OCT 2012

The last known leader of the Rastrojos drug gang, Luis Enrique Calle Serna, has handed himself in to the US, raising the likelihood this once mighty…

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2012

Colombian authorities say that the Rastrojos gang were planning to meet with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico City, which may have been an opportunity to discuss…

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 2015-04-07 22:29:39

Various criminal groups made up of former Colombian paramilitaries, known as BACRIM, are present in Venezuela, using the country to run drug trafficking operations, process cocaine, and stash drugs and arms.

ECUADOR / 28 SEP 2012

Mexican and Colombian groups may soon start battling it out for control of drug trafficking routes in Ecuador, something that could further threaten the country’s already precarious security situation.

COLOMBIA / 25 SEP 2012

They say that during the worst times, between 1999 and 2002, when right-wing paramilitaries who went by their acronym the AUC carried out their violent assault in Catatumbo -- a…

COLOMBIA / 8 SEP 2012

Despite a five percent drop in homicides in Colombia's Valle del Cauca province over the past year, rising violence in certain regions has sparked concerns that a struggle for control…

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2012

Colombian authorities dismantled a drug trafficking ring said to form part of an alliance between the ELN and the Rastrojos, underscoring the increased importance of business ties between Colombia's guerrilla…

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2012

An attempt to prosecute a local mayor for ties to the Rastrojos drug gang highlights how Colombia's criminal groups have evolved away from high-level political infiltration in favor of fostering…

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