Chepe’s Capture Signifies Dramatic Blow against “Los Urabeños”

By Dialogo
August 28, 2013

The criminal organization “Los Urabeños” was struck by the Colombian National Police in lower Cauca, Antioquia department, Colombia, with the capture of their main leader, wanted for extradition by the United States, as part of the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.

Aka “Chepe,” the arrestee is responsible for the criminal structure in Caucasia, Cáceres, Tarazá, (in Antioquia), Uré, and La Apartada in southern Córdoba. “Chepe,” who was the leader of about 100 men, is attributed the wave of violence that hit these municipalities due to turf wars with members of the criminal gang “Los Rastrojos” over the domination of drug trafficking routes.

His capture was conducted when investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (Dijín) intercepted him at Piamonte, Cáceres municipality (Antioquia). Two 9 mm pistols, eight magazines, 110 pistol cartridges and four high-end mobile phones were seized in the operation.

Aka “Chepe” is wanted on two arrest warrants; one for aggravated conspiracy, issued by the 23rd Specialized Attorney General Office in Medellín, and the second one for trafficking, manufacturing and carrying drugs and conspiracy, issued by the 280th Attorney General Office in Bogotá, as well as an extradition order issued by the United States for crimes related to drug trafficking.

According to investigators, aka “Chepe” was in charge of receiving payments for extortions of up to 10% of profits of businessmen, operators, members of the community in general, and miners, who were required to go to clandestine places and pay extortion money.