Authorities in Venezuela have accused the country's ousted attorney general of running a multimillion-dollar extortion ring, while events on the Colombian border highlight how such political battles are distracting justice institutions from tackling important organized crime threats.
Another former Venezuelan official now in the United States has accused President Nicolás Maduro's son of drug trafficking, and connected powerful members of the regime to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. But are his claims against the notorious regime genuine?
Isolated displays of dissidence from within Venezuela's armed forces have fueled speculation of a growing divide between the different ranks of the beleaguered nation's military. But potential fractures in what is the most important pillar of support for President Nicolas Maduro's regime could appear elsewhere.
Venezuelans fleeing the nation's political and economic crisis are boosting both criminal profits and the sources of cheap labor for organized crime across the region.