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Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / LATEST UPDATE 2016-11-07 22:12:46 EN

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias “Sebastian,” is a former hitman turned leader of the feared Oficina de Envigado organization that operates in and around Medellin, Colombia. He was captured by Colombian authorities on 8 August, 2012.

History

Vargas worked alongside the Oficina’s founder, Diego Murillo, alias “Don Berna,” in the vigilante movement against the famed drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the early 1990s. He reportedly contributed valuable intelligence to authorities that helped lead to Escobar’s capture and death in 1993.

Sebastian Factbox

DOB: October 13, 1973

Group: Oficina de Envigado

Criminal Activities: Drug trafficking, drug dealing, kidnapping, extortion, murder

Status: Captured

Area of Operation: Medellin, Colombia

Vargas continued to manage the Oficina’s hitmen network up until Murillo’s extradition in 2008, while another leader, Maximiliano Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” mainly handled drugs trafficking operations. Bonilla and Vargas then fought each other for control of Medellin, especially the city’s so-called “micro-trafficking” business (which can bring in profits of more than $5.25 million a month), gambling and extortion schemes.

Criminal Activities

Vargas was a key figure in handling the Oficina de Envigado’s assassin network. He also forged ties with international trafficking organizations, such as the Zetas in Mexico.

Geography

Vargas’ center of influence in Medellin was said to be Comuna 9.

Allies and Enemies

Following Murillo’s arrest and extradition to the United States in 2008, Vargas began battling Valenciano — a fellow Oficina leader — for control of criminal activities in Medellin.

Prospects

Vargas was arrested in 2012 and extradited to the United States in October 2013 to face drug trafficking charges.

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