Peruvian Quispe Palomino Clan Soon To Be Captured

By Dialogo
September 24, 2010

The Quispe Palomino clan, a faction of the Peruvian Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path controls Peru’s VRAE region (for the Spanish name of the Apurimac and Ene River Valley) and – according to a report by EFE news agency – runs a new drug organization responsible for 76 percent of Peru’s entire cocaine production.

The gang, named after its leader Victor Quispe Palomino, alias ‘Comrade Jose’, works to provide security to national cartels and to members of the families working in Peru’s regional drug trade, said the head of the VRAE police unit, General Italo Perochena in the EFE report.

In 2008, the Peruvian government launched a counterinsurgent plan to fight narcoterrorism in the region, starting a series of development projects and establishing 27 military bases in the mountainous area of rough terrain and dense tropical jungles located in the south of the country, home to about 60 percent of Peru’s natural diversity.

With a year left in the government-planned attempt, the Armed Forces have intensified actions and military presence in the area in order to bring an end to terrorist remnants, especially the Quispe Palomino clan, according to environmental news agency InfoRegión.

Francisco Contreras, Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, revealed that they have found the members of the family clan and will require time and patience to remove them.

“We are considering strong and intense actions to bring these terrorist remnants to an end and permanently remove these delinquents, who harm the country so much”, he underlined according to InfoRegión.

Despite having identified the Quispe Palomino clan as the main driver of drug production and trade in Peru, General Perochena added, according to EFE, that “there is no physical presence of cartels from Mexico or Colombia,” and underlined that all the groups working in the VRAE are national clandestine “firms.”