Eight Paramilitaries Arrested with 1.7 Tons of Cocaine in Colombia
By Dialogo July 20, 2009Bogotá, July 17 (EFE).- The Colombian army confiscated 1.7 tons of cocaine and arrested eight paramilitaries who were transporting the consignment along a road in the eastern part of the country today, regional military spokespersons announced. The drugs belonged to the extreme-right group led by “Cuchillo” (Knife), an alias of Pedro Oliverio Guerrero, according to a statement by the military’s Seventh Brigade, headquartered in Villavicencio in the center of the country, troops from which carried out the operation. The statement specified that the cocaine was being transported in a convoy of three trucks that were stopped in Macanal, a rural district of the eastern town of Puerto Gaitán, in the department of El Meta. In addition to the drugs and the vehicles, the military personnel confiscated a satellite telephone, another three pieces of communication equipment, and two firearms. The military unit calculated the value of the consignment on the international market at 85 billion pesos (41.96 million dollars). Guerrero is one of the most wanted drug traffickers and paramilitaries in Colombia and was a leader of the now-disappeared “Heroes of the Guaviare” Front , part of the now-dissolved organization United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC). In place of this redoubt, he created the so-called Colombian Anticommunist Popular Revolutionary Army (Erpac), present in part of the eastern region of the country.