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Cartel de los Soles

Cocaine seized in Venezuela
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With Chavez Win, Venezuelan Gangs Could Expand

Hugo Chavez's victory in the presidential elections will give Venezuela's organized criminal syndicates another six years to grow and consolidate their...
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Cartel of the Suns

The term "Cartel of the Suns" (Cartel de los Soles) is used to describe shadowy groups inside Venezuela's military that traffic cocaine. It is in some ways a...
Former BLO leader Sergio Villarreal Barragan, alias "El Grande"
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Mexican Drug Boss Implicates Venezuelan Generals in Cocaine Ring

A captured leader of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) has accused Venezuelan generals of complicity in an international cocaine trafficking network that...
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‘Blame Game’ Fails to Explain Why Venezuela is Cocaine Hub

Venezuelans like to blame Colombia for their problems with organized crime while Colombians say that Venezuela has its own powerful drug trafficking organizations...
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Trial of Venezuelan Kingpin Makled Begins Behind Closed Doors

The trial of Walid Makled, a drug kingpin who claims that he worked with Venezuela's political and military elite, has started in a closed courtroom in Caracas,...
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Is Venezuelan Military Stepping Up Role in Drug Trafficking?

Allegations that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez knew of drug trafficking charges against his new defense minister not only suggest institutional corruption in the...
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Venezuela Politician Makes Narco-Corruption Claims

A local politician from the state of Anzoategui, northeast Venezuela, has publicly reported a number of soldiers to the authorities for alleged links with drug...
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Colombia to Extradite Makled on Weekend

Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin announced that Walid Makled's extradition to Venezuela would be completed by May 9, El Nacional reports. Makled's...
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InSight: Makled’s Window into Trafficking in Venezuela Closing

In the coming days, President Santos is expected to extradite alleged drug trafficker Walid Makled to Venezuela, instead of the U.S. With him not only goes...
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Video – Venezuelan Drug Tycoon Claims Links to Chavez Government

As it becomes more and more likely that Colombia will extradite drug kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela instead of the U.S., Makled has stepped up his accusations of...