Colombian Drug Trafficking Leader Deported by Ecuador

By Dialogo
August 23, 2013

Jorge Domínguez (aka ‘Palustre’), one of the leaders of the right-wing drug trafficking organization known as ‘Los Rastrojos’, was deported by Ecuador’s government on August 21, having been arrested the previous day in the Ecuadorean city of Manta (northwest).

“Palustre’s capture has resulted from a close collaboration between the Ecuadorean and Colombian police forces. Ecuador will not serve as the base of operations for any criminals,” the Deputy Minister of Interior, Javier Córdova, stated when he announced Domínguez’s deportation to his native country.

According to Ecuadorean authorities, Domínguez is one of the leaders of “Los Rastrojos.” He was arrested by the counter drug police, and then transferred to Quito, from where he was taken to Colombia.

Drug trafficking organization ‘Los Rastrojos’ strengthened after the disarmament and demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), the main extreme right-wing armed organization in the South American nation.

‘Palustre’ has been identified as former leader of the group of gunmen for a powerful drug trafficking gang known as the Comba brothers, whose main leaders surrendered to U.S. Justice.

‘Los Rastrojos’ operate in a vast area of south and southwest Colombia, and it is considered the main criminal gang in the country, along with ‘Los Urabeños’, both of which are fighting a bloody turf war over the control of drug trafficking routes.