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Los Pachenca Seek New Sanctuary for Drug Operations at Colombia’s Tip

A 14-ton seizure of cocaine has exposed a trafficking network linking Colombian trafficking group Los Pachecna to a small smuggling organization on the La Guajira...
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Demobilized Fighters in Colombia’s Meta Targeted by Ex-Farc Mafia

The reintegration process for demobilized FARC fighters in Colombia’s Eastern Plains is under threat by ex-FARC Mafia groups looking to recruit and reassert power...
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ELN Likely to Quickly Move Past Uriel’s Death in Colombia

The killing of ELN commander Uriel -- a well-known figure often seen in propaganda videos and press reports -- is a visible win for Colombia’s security forces,...
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Textiles Contraband Surges in Colombia as Convenient Money Laundering Tactic

Fashion continues to fuel money laundering in Colombia, generating millions in losses for the country's textile...
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Colombia’s Doubtful Progress Against Landmines

An army official has touted significant progress in clearing landmines in Colombia, but their expanded use by criminal groups has undercut demining efforts and has...
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European Drug Report Shows Advances in Trans-Atlantic Drug Trafficking

A new major report about drug trafficking and consumption in Europe has provided key insights into how a record production of cocaine in Latin America has impacted...
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Crashed Plane in Colombia May Be Example of ‘Cloned Craft’

A small plane that crashed outside the Colombian capital had the same registration number as a drug plane seized in Honduras a decade ago -- a likely case of a...
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Why Oil Theft Spread Across Latin America During Pandemic

From mostly being a lower-level criminal annoyance, oil theft has spread across Latin America during the coronavirus pandemic as a way for gangs to supply thriving...
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New Names, Old Tricks for ex-FARC Mafia in Colombia’s Putumayo

Recent reports of a group called the Border Command (Comandos de la Frontera) in the department of Putumayo, located on the border between Colombia and Ecuador,...
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How Colombia Regulators Became Purveyors of Illegal Wood

In Santander, Colombia, timber traders corrupted regulatory, police and judicial systems on their way to trafficking untold amounts of wood from the...
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Urabeños Reactivate Montes de María Drug Route in Northern Colombia

Reports that the Urabeños are re-activating an old drug trafficking route in Montes de María, Colombia, may suggest that it has been pushed to do so due to losing...
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Criminal Governance Under Coronavirus: How Colombian Groups Seized the Day

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a shift in Colombia as criminal actors the nation over sought to profit from the sudden change in conditions, the refocusing of...