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Pedro Oliverio Guerrero, alias 'Cuchillo'

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / LATEST UPDATE 2017-03-10 00:10:07 EN

Pedro Oliverio Guerrero, alias "Cuchillo," demobilized with the paramilitaries before forming successor group the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC), which bought drugs from the guerrillas and controlled large swathes of territory in eastern Colombia. He died during a security forces raid on a ranch in December 2010.

History

Cuchillo began his criminal career working with Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, alias "El Mejicano," a leader of the Medellin Cartel who financed numerous paramilitary groups in the 1980s before he was killed in a 1989 shootout with Colombian police.

Cuchillo Factbox

DOB: February 28, 1970

Group: ERPAC

Criminal Activities: Drug trafficking, murder

Status: Dead

Area of Operation: Eastern Plains, Colombia

Cuchillo later became a commander in the Centauros Bloc, an arm of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) that operated in the Eastern Plains. In addition to fighting the guerrillas, the Centauros had a major role in trafficking drugs in the region.

Following a dispute, Cuchillo and several others ambushed and killed their commander Jose Miguel Arroyave in 2004. Cuchillo demobilized as part of a peace process between the government and the AUC in 2006, but took up arms again not long after, renaming his group Heroes de Vichada, and later the ERPAC.

Cuchillo died when police raided a ranch where he was celebrating on Christmas Eve 2010, drowning in a river, drunk, as he tried to escape.

Criminal Activities

Chuchillo was heavily involved in paramilitary activity and drug trafficking, both with the AUC and ERPAC.

Geography

As a member of the AUC and ERPAC, Cuchillo was active in the Eastern Plains of Colombia, with ERPAC’s strongholds in the Meta, Guaviare, Vichada, and Casanare provinces.

Allies and Enemies

Fighting with the AUC, Cuchillo was enemies with the FARC, but would later turn to do business with the guerrilla’s and other paramilitaries after founding the ERPAC.

Prospects

Cuchillo died in 2010 while fleeing from police. Members of his group, ERPAC, officially surrendered to the government in December 2011, but many members have carried on fighting in Colombia’s Eastern Plains.

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