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Oficina de Envigado

The Oficina de Envigado has evolved from a debt collection agency for Pablo Escobar to a mafia federation that regulates almost all criminal activity in Medellín.

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COLOMBIA / 10 MAR 2021

The central Colombian department of Antioquia has been the scene of four massacres over the first two months of 2021,…

COLOMBIA / 4 NOV 2019

Authorities in Colombia have captured a crime boss who began as a gang leader on Medellin's outskirts and came to…

COLOMBIA / 4 OCT 2019

The tense calm that had persisted for six years in the town of Bello, near Medellín in Colombia, has been…

CHILE / 2 SEP 2019

A Colombian gang leader has been accused of operating a "gota a gota" loansharking network in Chile -- evidence that…

COCAINE / 11 JUN 2019

Members of some of Colombia’s most notorious crime organizations teamed up to traffic about three tons of cocaine, revealing a…

COLOMBIA / 24 MAY 2019

Authorities in Colombia have recently arrested three leaders of the Oficina de Envigado, a mafia that began under Pablo Escobar…

Key Actors

Diego Fernando Murillo, alias ‘Don Berna’

COLOMBIA / 2016-11-17 14:48:11

Until his extradition to the United States in 2008, Diego Fernando Murillo, alias "Don Berna," was the leader of mafia group the Oficina de Envigado, which grew from the…

Henry de Jesús López, alias ‘Mi Sangre’

COLOMBIA / 2017-03-09 22:14:34

Medellin native Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias "Mi Sangre," had a prolific criminal career that saw him become a key number of several criminal organizations in Colombia.

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias ‘Valenciano’

COLOMBIA / 2016-11-07 22:08:37

Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias "Valenciano," was a leader in the Colombian criminal organization Oficina de Envigado, and forged ties with international trafficking organizations such as the Zetas in Mexico. He…

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

COLOMBIA / 2016-11-07 22:12:46

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…

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