Illegal Mining of Tungsten in Colombia

Between 2010 and August 2013, police in Colombia seized 29.7 tons of minerals from Tiger Hill, an illegal mine operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The mineral that is mined out of Tiger Hill is tungsten, which is used by global manufactures to produce liquid-crystal-display screens, smartphones and high-end car parts.  85… Continue reading Illegal Mining of Tungsten in Colombia

Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated that the amount of cocaine produced in the Andes region in 2012 was down 10 percent from the previous year. Bolivia produced 155 metric tons of pure cocaine in 2012, down 18 percent from 2011. Colombia produced 175 metric tons, down 7.9 percent from the… Continue reading Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

Illegal Mining of Gold More Profitable Than Cocaine in Colombia

Security officials in Colombia report that illegal mining of gold has become a more profitable activity for FARC, ELN and other organized crime gangs in the country. According to a police official, a kilogram of cocaine sold in the Colombia jungle is sold for $2,570 (5 Million Colombian Pesos).  Based on the current world market… Continue reading Illegal Mining of Gold More Profitable Than Cocaine in Colombia

Organized Crime in Colombia

Criminal justice programs in Colombia reported that 786 criminal gangs were broken up within the country in 2012. In addition to the actions against the organized crime groups, police and security services captured 242 drug traffickers and extradited 192 traffickers to foreign nations. 40 drug trafficking networks were also dismantled by police. Police also reported… Continue reading Organized Crime in Colombia

Number of Kidnapping Victims in Colombia

Between 1970 and 2010, there were at least 39,058 people who were kidnapped in Colombia, according to a study released in 2013. In the last year covered by the study, around 1,000 people were kidnapped in 2010. Out of the total number of kidnappings, up to 301 people were kidnapped more than once, and one… Continue reading Number of Kidnapping Victims in Colombia

Cocaine and Marijuana Use in Colombia

According to estimates by security and intelligence agencies, an estimated 345 tons of cocaine is produced in Colombia each year. Out of this total, around 20 percent, or 70 tons, is consumed domestically in the country. The cocaine used in Colombia is generally used in a powder form or in the cheaper form of cocaine… Continue reading Cocaine and Marijuana Use in Colombia

Sloths for Sale on the Black Market

Wildlife traffickers offer sloths for sale in Cordoba, Colombia for around $30. Animal experts say that many people buy sloths as pets, but do not understand the difficulty in raising and caring for the animals. For example, a zoologist told ABC News that they sloths survive on a complicated diet of about 40 different plant… Continue reading Sloths for Sale on the Black Market

Money Laundering in Colombia

Financial experts estimate that up to $17 Billion of money from drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking in Colombia is laundered each year. The amount of money laundering that takes place in Colombia is over 5 percent of the country’s GDP. Out of the total amount laundered in the country, an estimated $8.8 Billion… Continue reading Money Laundering in Colombia

Earnings of a Professional Assassin in Colombia

A professional hitman working in Colombia was interviewed by journalist Ioan Grillo in his book, El Narco. The contract killer said that he is paid a base salary of $600 a month by an organized crime group. When the assassin is assigned a hit, he is paid between $2,000 to $4,000 to carry out the murder. (Income… Continue reading Earnings of a Professional Assassin in Colombia