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Venezuela's drug trafficking business is so lucrative that courier planes are burned after one use.

Venezuela’s booming drugs trade is so lucrative that traffickers reportedly burn smuggling planes after using them just once

Venezuela's military and political elites are reportedly profiting off the drug trade while the rest of the country battles a humanitarian crisis.

The ‘king-maker’ keeping Nicolas Maduro in power is starting to crack — here’s why Venezuela’s soldiers are breaking ran...

Thousands of Venezuelan troops have deserted in recent years, but the pace of defections is picking up — here's why some soldiers are breaking ranks.
Riding up the Monserrate Hill with a funicular in Bogotá, Colombia

I took a 90-year-old funicular 10,300 feet above sea level in Bogotá — here’s what it was like

One of Bogotá's signature tourist destinations is the Monserrate.
Avianca.

I took a 6-hour flight with the second-oldest airline in the world and was disappointed with the experience for a few key reasons

Avianca is Colombia's national airline, and it's actually the second-oldest airline in the world.
There are 1,500 passenger journeys on Bogotá's bus system every day.

Bogotá’s massive bus system has been globally hailed as a triumph in public transit — here’s why I prefer it over New York City...

Nearly 10% of the TransMilenio's passengers used to commute by their own cars. Now, they take the bus.

Pablo Escobar was gunned down 25 years ago — here are 3 theories about who took the Medellin kingpin’s life

The world's most powerful drug lord made a lot of enemies. Which one, if any of them, killed him is much less clear.
People in Colombia’s lower house in Bogota during voting on the transitional justice courts established in the peace agreement with the FARC, November 27, 2017.

33 years ago, rebels allegedly backed by Pablo Escobar stormed Colombia’s Palace of Justice — here’s how the terrifying siege went d...

In the mid-1980s, left-wing guerrillas stormed Colombia's Supreme Court building, taking hundreds of hostages and sparking a bloody siege.
National Liberation Army (ELN) soldiers standing in formation in Arauca province, Colombia, in 2002.

These are the world’s 20 most dangerous countries, and photos showing what life is like there

Countries were ranked on prevalence of terrorism, homicide, organized crime and unreliable or corrupt police forces by the World Economic Forum.
The crew of the USS Zephyr puts out a fire on a low-profile go-fast drug vessel suspected of smuggling in the eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7, 2018.

The Coast Guard is catching more drug-running subs, but most ‘very stealthy’ narco subs are probably going undetected

The US Coast Guard and foreign authorities are capturing more "narco subs" that can haul multiton drug cargos, but even with that increase, drug smugglers may still be coming out ahead.
A US sniper team assigned to the Army's 7th Special Forces Group competes in an unknown-distance event in Colombia, July 26, 2014.

A Special Forces soldier accused of a multimillion-dollar drug-smuggling attempt is heading to trial, and he faces life in prison

The highly decorated Army master sergeant is accused of conspiring to bring 90 pounds of cocaine into the US, and if convicted, he wouldn't be the first US service member to get involved in the drug trade.