Latest News

Gun

Number of Murders in Medellin Increase

In the city of Medellin, Colombia, the number of killing has increased, with the blame being put on many of the hillside gangs looking to settle scores, however, changes in the underworld of the city are the reason for the increase in the number of murders.

There was a total of 626 homicides in Medellin in 2018 which is a 7.6% increased compared to the year. Over 50% of those murders came asa result of battles between groups.

Communa 13, so a large portion of the murders take place there, with the wester district of Medellin seeing the biggest increase in deaths rising to 91 from 48 when compared to 2017. On the steep hills, battles took place  between gangs, also known as combos in an attempt to take control of extortion rings and drug sales.

The second largest city in Colombia, Medellin had actually seen a decline in deaths for a number of years straight. There was a total of 496 murders in 2015, which was the lowest number seen for decades but killings have been slowly increasing since then.

Claudia Carrasquilla, a top prosecutor in Colombia has put the increase in homicides down to the capture of leaders of the Oficina de Envigado, which is a coalition that seek to control a large portion of criminal activity that takes place in Medellin. As a result of this, it has meant that many different oganiszations have started to try to take back control of territory and so, the arrests are considered to be the catalyst for this fight for territory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also like

playa del carmen

Conflict Between Cartels Cited for Recent Violence in Mexico

A recent spate of violent outbreaks in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula point towards a conflict between drug cartels who are fighting for control of the area. The most recent outbreak took place on January 16th when four people were killed following an armed group attacking the state prosecutor’s office in Cancun. Only hours before, five people […]

Mexico Travel Warnings

US Issues DO NOT TRAVEL Warnings For Mexican States

Black Mountain Solutions have recently been made aware that the US authorities have issued new security warnings for individuals travelling to several Latin American countries.  On the 10th January, a statement on the US State Department’s online information platform for travel, announced a new four-level system for describing security conditions in foreign countries.  Advisories were also […]

drug trafficking

International Collaboration Terminates Drug Trafficking Network

A joint operation between four Latin American countries dismantled a drug trafficking organization, demonstrating the success of regional cooperation policies in the fight against sophisticated transnational organized crime structures whose diversified and specialized operations extend across the continent. On August 14, 2018, authorities from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico announced the arrest of 38 people […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *