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8 Years After Indictment, US Sentences Colombia Crime Boss

COLOMBIA / 21 OCT 2016

A US court has sentenced a top Colombian drug trafficker years after he negotiated his way back to criminal life in Colombia, in a case that highlights weaknesses in the…

COLOMBIA / 15 FEB 2012

With an alleged heir to the Medellin mafia found dead, dumped outside a Venezuela hospital, it may be that Urabeños, a criminal group poised to take over the city, are…

OFICINA DE ENVIGADO / 16 DEC 2011

Just over two weeks after he was captured, Venezuela has handed over Colombian drug trafficker Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," to US authorities.

COLOMBIA / 7 DEC 2011

The prevailing wisdom is that Colombian traffickers have been eclipsed in Central America by the rise of their Mexican counterparts, but Colombian groups remain a significant force in the region.

COLOMBIA / 6 DEC 2011

Medellin's former crime boss 'Valenciano' is set to be extradited to the U.S., while his former allies the Urabeños appear set on continuing his bloody war for control of the…

COLOMBIA / 29 NOV 2011

Venezuela captured one of Colombia's top drug traffickers just hours before President Juan Manuel Santos was set to visit Caracas; an arrest that could have profound implications for the Colombian…

COLOMBIA / 27 OCT 2011

Alonso Salazar, the outgoing mayor of Medellin, has repeatedly accused a leading candidate in the upcoming elections of associating with criminal groups. However, such links are unfortunately dime-a-dozen in the…

COLOMBIA / 23 MAY 2011

Nine bodies were found in three mass grave in northern Colombia, which police said could be linked to the conflict between two rival factions of Medellin criminal gang the Oficina…

HOMICIDES / 16 MAY 2011

Colombian police have arrested the alleged second-in-command of a faction of the Medellin mafia, another indication that the security forces are cracking down on the organization as the city's homicide…

COLOMBIA / 1 NOV 2010

Colombian authorities arrested 20 people in 4 different cities in Colombia who formed part of a network that helped send upwards of 700 kilos of cocaine per month to the…

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:08:37

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," was a leader in the Colombian criminal organization Oficina de Envigado, and forged ties with international trafficking organizations such as the Zetas in Mexico. He…

COLOMBIA / 1 NOV 2010

In Colombia there are reports by El Tiempo that the urban violence in Medellin has displaced at least 1,870 people so far this year. Those are only the official numbers…

COLOMBIA GROUPS / OCTOBER 28, 2020

The Oficina de Envigado has evolved from a debt collection agency for Pablo Escobar to a mafia federation that regulates almost all criminal activity in Medellín.

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