Colombian President Orders Investigation of Mexican Cartels
By Dialogo February 19, 2013
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the Colombian police, on February 14, to investigate the “increasing rumors” about the alleged presence of Mexican cartels in Nariño department, on the Pacific Ocean, near the Ecuadoran border.
“There has been prominent rumors that members of Mexican cartels are allegedly present in Nariño department,” the head of state said in a public ceremony at the port of Tumaco.
In this regard, he assured he had given the chief of police, General José Roberto León, and the prosecution instructions to proceed with the investigation.
“We have no knowledge, no definitive information; however, I’ve heard about the growing rumors of the existence of cartels – especially the Sinaloa cartel – in the area of Nariño. We will fight against this scourge, and prevent them from carrying out their activities with no exception,” Santos stated.
The FARC and ELN guerrillas, criminal paramilitary drug gangs and cartels have been involved in turf wars over the control of illegal crops, as well as cocaine and marihuana exports through the coasts of the Colombian Pacific Ocean, in Nariño.
The local authorities seize dozens of tons of drugs annually from several criminal paramilitary drug gangs and from “Oficina de Envigado,” one of the most important Colombian drug trafficking organizations created in the 1980s by the late Pablo Escobar.
Such drug cargos are mainly destined to Central American and Caribbean nations, as well as Mexico, where Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels operate, the latter led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Furthermore, Colombia is extraditing people accused of being linked to Mexican cartels, as well as of drug trafficking and money laundering offenses, to the United States.