Colombian Army Captures Alleged Narco-trafficker Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez

By Dialogo
December 23, 2014



The Colombian National Army announced December 21 the capture of Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organizations. Soldiers arrested him in the Department of Valle del Cauca.

Casanova Ordoñez allegedly served as the link between the Western Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Clan Úsuga narco-trafficking gang, and two Mexican organized crime groups, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. U.S. federal law enforcement authorities accuse him of trafficking more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine into the United States, and in February, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated him as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act since June 2000 according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million to more severe criminal penalties, that may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million for corporate officers.

Mexican Army, Police seize 5,022 kilograms of marijuana


Mexican Army Soldiers along with Federal and State police recently seized 5,022 kilograms of marijuana and arrested a man in the city of Playas de Rosarito, located in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The Baja California Coordination Group, comprised of Soldiers and police officers, received an anonymous tip during the early hours of December 20 that a man was putting large packages in SUVs. José Guido, 54, tried to flee, but security forces captured him and seized 290 bales of marijuana, which authorities suspect he intended to transport into the United States.

Uruguay’s Operation Anambe nets 17 suspects on drug charges


Uruguayan counter-narcotics officers recently captured 17 suspects of an alleged drug trafficking gang which sailed cocaine-filled boats between the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

Law enforcement officers took the suspects into custody as part of Operation Anambe, which included raids by Uruguayan law enforcement officers in the cities of Montevideo, Maldonado, Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Ciudad del Plata. During the arrests, they also seized 17 motor vehicles, two boats and undisclosed amounts of money and gold.

Among the suspects captured by anti-narcotics agents were Aurelio Araujo and Carmen Mariela Morales, the alleged leaders of the drug trafficking gang. Law enforcement authorities charged them with organizing and financing drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations.


The Colombian National Army announced December 21 the capture of Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organizations. Soldiers arrested him in the Department of Valle del Cauca.

Casanova Ordoñez allegedly served as the link between the Western Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Clan Úsuga narco-trafficking gang, and two Mexican organized crime groups, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. U.S. federal law enforcement authorities accuse him of trafficking more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine into the United States, and in February, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated him as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act since June 2000 according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million to more severe criminal penalties, that may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million for corporate officers.

Mexican Army, Police seize 5,022 kilograms of marijuana


Mexican Army Soldiers along with Federal and State police recently seized 5,022 kilograms of marijuana and arrested a man in the city of Playas de Rosarito, located in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The Baja California Coordination Group, comprised of Soldiers and police officers, received an anonymous tip during the early hours of December 20 that a man was putting large packages in SUVs. José Guido, 54, tried to flee, but security forces captured him and seized 290 bales of marijuana, which authorities suspect he intended to transport into the United States.

Uruguay’s Operation Anambe nets 17 suspects on drug charges


Uruguayan counter-narcotics officers recently captured 17 suspects of an alleged drug trafficking gang which sailed cocaine-filled boats between the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

Law enforcement officers took the suspects into custody as part of Operation Anambe, which included raids by Uruguayan law enforcement officers in the cities of Montevideo, Maldonado, Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Ciudad del Plata. During the arrests, they also seized 17 motor vehicles, two boats and undisclosed amounts of money and gold.

Among the suspects captured by anti-narcotics agents were Aurelio Araujo and Carmen Mariela Morales, the alleged leaders of the drug trafficking gang. Law enforcement authorities charged them with organizing and financing drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations.
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