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Colombia’s Contraband Battle: Special Investigation

November 17, 2014: It’s a business worth an estimated $6 billion a year. In this special series InSight Crime looks at the links between Colombia’s contraband trade and organized crime. Cucuta: Colombia’s Contraband City The Colombian border town of Cucuta has smuggling coursing through its veins, underpinning its economy and strengthening organized crime, which is raking … Continue reading

The Downfall of Colombia’s Billion-Dollar Gasoline Smuggler

November 18, 2014: Marcos Figueroa had friends in the highest office and the lowest corner of the Colombian state of La Guajira. From a poor indigenous family, Figueroa rose to wealth and power … to become the most wanted man in northeast Colombia. Until his arrest on Oct. 22. In the Colombia-Venezuela border region, the man known … Continue reading

Colombians Object to Deals that Take Criminals Out of the Country

September 15, 2014:  “Better a tomb in Colombia than a cell in the United States.” That was the battle cry of the first generation of Colombian drug lords when they declared war against extradition in the 1980s. How the world has changed. Thirty years on, a trip to the United States is often the first … Continue reading

Is the Sinaloa Cartel Now a Player in Medellin?

August 1 2014: A mafia boss is found slumped in a car park in an exclusive neighborhood with four bullets in his head. Grenade attacks and hitmen on motorbikes leave a trail of dead downtown.Colombia‘s most fearsome criminal organization plays peacemaker to warring street gangs, while Mexico‘s leading drugcartel floods the city with money and … Continue reading