Breakup of Colombian gangs leads to extortion boom undermining security gains

February 4, 2015 4:15 AM

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Breakup of Colombian gangs leads to extortion boom undermining security gains

In this Jan. 15, 2015 photo, police check the ID's of unlicensed cabbies in Usme, on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. In Usme, unlicensed cabbies eke out a living shuttling residents up steep dirt roads where buses and regular taxis won’t venture. For years each driver was forced to fork over about half their earnings to appease extortionists, but the criminal ring was dismantled in 2014 after a desperate cabbie secretly went to Colombia’s elite Gaula police unit. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) (The Associated Press)

In this Jan. 15, 2015 photo, an unlicensed cabbie drives in Usme, on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia. A criminal ring that was extorting cabbies in Usme was dismantled last year after one of the drivers secretly went to Colombia’s elite Gaula police unit. An undercover agent was dispatched with a ...

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