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Colombia Capo May Be First Ever Extradited to United States, Twice

A former member of Colombia’s Norte del Valle Cartel was the first Colombian to be extradited to face charges in the United States on two different occasions, a...
José Orlando Sánchez Cristancho, former leader of the Norte del Valle Cartel

Colombian Criminal Arrest Reminder of Dissolved Cartel’s Influence

Authorities arrested a former leader of a now dissolved Colombian drug trafficking organization, a sign that the group's legacy in the country's underworld lives...
Hector Restrepo, alias "Perra loca"

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

The release of Colombian underworld boss "Perra loca" from a US prison is adding to fears that a flood of recently freed drug lords and paramilitaries could have a...
Cali is Colombia's most violent city

Report Breaks Down 15 Years of Bloodshed in Colombia’s Murder Capital

A new analysis of 15 years of homicide statistics in Colombia's most violent city, Cali, highlights the direct correlation between underworld evolutions and...

‘Cocaine Rice’ Sparks Argentina Probe into Colombia Narcos

Argentina's authorities believe a criminal network from Colombia was behind a major drug export operation, indicative of the prominent role that Colombians continue...
Alejandro Gracia Alvarez, alias "Gato Seco"

Colombia Nabs Argentina-Based Money Launderer

Authorities in Colombia have captured a man they said was the main Argentina-based connection for Colombian organized crime, who is accused of laundering huge...
Members of the Rastrojos captured in northern Colombia

Rastrojos Arrests in Colombia Show Group Still Active

Authorities in Colombia have captured 46 members of a Rastrojos cell and a top leader, indicating that in spite of the blows to the organization in recent years,...
Security forces in Buenaventura: Photo James Bargent

Valle del Cauca: A War too Far for the Urabeños?

The department of Valle del Cauca has become Colombia's bloodiest drug war battleground as the country's most powerful criminal organization, the Urabeños, push to...
Ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe

Uribe Accusations Reminder of Narco Money in Colombia Politics

The emergence of allegations made by an incarcerated drug baron that he funded the political activities of Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe comes as a...
A criminal pact could soon see violence drop in Cali

Cali Criminal Pact Could Spark New Era for Crime in Colombia

Former sworn enemies from criminal clans based in Colombia's violence capital, Cali, have brokered an alliance from prison, according to security forces, which if...
Mafia violence has made Cali Colombia's most violent city

Old Generation Narcos Fuel Colombia’s New Mafia Wars

Violence in Colombia's Pacific region is being driven not only by new generation BACRIM groups but also by drug traffickers from the long gone Cali Cartel, say...
Sandra Avila Beltran, the "Queen of the Pacific"

Mexico’s ‘Queen of the Pacific’ Receives Light Sentence for Drug Crimes

Infamous Mexican drug trafficker the "Queen of the Pacific" could soon find herself walking free, after receiving a 70-month prison sentence which will be reduced...