All About Rastrojos

DIEGO RASTROJO / 8 AUG 2012

Venezuela extradited the military leader of drug trafficking organization the Rastrojos to his native Colombia, though it is not yet clear whether he will be extradited to the US to…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 19 JUL 2012

Colombia police have seized weapons from criminal gang the Rastrojos which include guns reportedly traced to the Venezuelan military, hinting at a connection between the neo-paramilitary group and elements of…

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

The loss of several top leaders of the Rastrojos has created a dangerous power vacuum within the gang and in their territory, raising the chance of violence, as a report…

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

Documents, including a diary, which reportedly belonged to a Colombian drug lord offer a glimpse into the corruptive power of the now-defunct Norte del Valle Cartel, casting suspicion on top…

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

Police in Colombia claimed to have arrested the new leader of the beleaguered Rastrojos drug gang, creating confusion over the state of the group's leadership.

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

The Colombian Navy has found a semi-submersible vessel used to traffic drugs on the Pacific coast, thought to belong to the Rastrojos drug gang, in the second such finding this…

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

Authorities in southwest Colombia's Valle del Cauca province are bracing themselves for another violent realignment of underworld forces following the capture of the region's most powerful criminal leader, 'Diego Rastrojo.'…

COLOMBIA / 8 MAY 2012

After months of negotiations with the DEA, Javier Calle Serna, alias 'Comba,' has surrendered to US authorities, possibly creating a seismic shift in the Colombian underworld.

RASTROJOS / 7 MAY 2012

Venezuelan authorities captured an alleged leader of the Colombian Rastrojos drug gang, who had allegedly fled over the border after a clash with the rival Urabeños, pointing to the ongoing…

COLOMBIA / 25 APR 2012

Police seized a massive arsenal of weapons in southwest Colombia that they say was obtained as part of a deal between the FARC guerrillas and the Rastrojos drug gang,…

RASTROJOS / 24 APR 2012

Colombia's Rastrojos gang now dominates the Venezuelan border, working with the Mexican Zetas to control much of the drugs moving into this crucial transit nation, according to a new report…

COLOMBIA / 18 APR 2012

Reports that the head of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by InSight Crime, and may be aimed…

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