Police Arrest One of Colombia’s 10 Most Important Drug Traffickers

By Dialogo
April 19, 2011

When the U.S. disrupt supply chains for the Colombians, they solve the problem of distribution and marketing handed over to the organizations of the Mexican Mafia, the Colombians were devoted to the purchase of coca paste, to the FARC and they were converting it to a powder. One kilo packages are 100% pure and their prices are like gas, it changes according to production when inventories are high they lower their prices, when they have large seizures by the authorities, the price rises. Mafias involved in this market are of multiple nationalities of the European market, just like the arms dealers, the north-Koreans have great sales with the AK47 rifle, they produce the cheapest of that type of weapon, and these weapons are exchanged for obtaining traffickers cocaine for the best price. In this market there are many stakeholders and many who do not stand for losing a half a million dollars, for doing nothing. Where the cocaine goes it rains gold, but also a lot of lead!
On 16 April, the Colombian police announced the arrest of Héctor Meneses (alias ‘Guara’), considered one of the ten most important leading drug traffickers in the country, sought for extradition by the United States, and a prominent contact for Mexican drug cartels.

The alleged drug trafficker, detained in the city of Cali (500 km southwest of Bogotá), is one of the most important members of the criminal gang ‘Los Rastrojos’ [‘The Stubble’], which works for drug traffickers in southern Colombia, according to a police statement.

Meneses, the architect of an alliance between ‘Los Rastrojos’ and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), “coordinated narcotics shipments and payments to that guerilla group for security and transport of drug shipments” in the southern part of the country, according to the same source.

“He built connections with Mexican cartels, especially with the Sinaloa cartel, from the Colombian-Ecuadorean border, where the cartels directly sent some of their emissaries to buy,” the police specified.

Meneses’s alliances with the Mexican cartel led by the well-known “drug trafficker Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán, ‘El Chapo Guzmán,’ made him their chief supplier of cocaine, while he received from this illicit business large sums of money, chiefly destined for weapons purchases,” the police added.

Meneses, alias ‘Guara,’ has been requested for extradition by the United States on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.