All About Rastrojos

ECUADOR / 16 APR 2012

Colombian drug gang the Rastrojos may now control almost all the drug trafficking routes in Ecuador, shipping their product to Mexican groups like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, according…

COLOMBIA / 6 APR 2012

As ideological differences become irrelevant, Colombia's illegal armies and drug traffickers are now working together, united against the government. Nowhere is this clearer than in the province of Norte De…

COMBA / 28 MAR 2012

Argentine singer Facundo Cabral’s murder in Guatemala last year sparked an investigation which spans the hemisphere. Plaza Publica reports that his alleged killer may be ensnared in a wider conspiracy,…

RASTROJOS / 20 MAR 2012

Since the 1990s, Colombian trafficking groups have ceded much of their international networks to Mexican organizations, taking on a smaller role in the business. However, drug gang the Rastrojos are…

COMBA / 19 MAR 2012

Ecuador has arrested, and swiftly deported, one of the brothers that head Colombia's powerful Rastrojos gang, again showing how many of Colombia's capos prefer to reside outside of the country.

COLOMBIA / 13 MAR 2012

A man accused of plotting the attack that killed Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, who was shot dead in Guatemala in July last year, has been arrested in Colombia.

COLOMBIA / 22 FEB 2012

Colombia think tank Indepaz has released its 2011 study on the narco-paramilitary gangs known as 'criminal bands' or BACRIMs, arguing that the groups have expanded their activity across the country.

COLOMBIA / 20 FEB 2012

Three of Colombia’s most powerful neo-paramilitary criminal bands have reportedly made a non-aggression pact and defined their respective territories in parts of the country’s troubled north and west, marking a…

COLOMBIA / 16 FEB 2012

Police confiscated a 3.6 ton load of extra-potent marijuana in the southwest Valle del Cauca department, a plant which is becoming an increasingly big money-maker for armed groups.

FARC / 8 FEB 2012

Colombian naval forces seized more than 1.5 tons of cocaine thought to belong to the FARC and the Rastrojos in the southwestern department of Nariño.

COLOMBIA / 7 FEB 2012

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed rumors that the leaders of the Rastrojos drug gang are negotiating their surrender with the US.

COLOMBIA / 27 JAN 2012

Colombian authorities have announced the capture of 27 members of drug gang the Rastrojos, who were reportedly working in partnership with the ELN rebel group.

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