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Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias ‘Gabino’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 19, 2020

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino," was a peasant recruit who rose to become the commander in chief and political leader…

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias ‘El Ingeniero’

EL INGENIERO (TIJUANA) / 2016-10-20 20:29:31

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias "El Ingeniero" or "Fernandito," was the enigmatic head of the Tijuana Cartel, until his capture in…

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian’ (Oficina)

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 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…

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias ‘Antonio Garcia’

ANTONIO GARCÍA / 2016-11-07 21:05:19

Eliecer Erlinto Chamorro, alias "Antonio Garcia," is the number two commander in Colombia’s National Liberation Army (…

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias ‘Tony Tormenta’

GULF CARTEL / 2016-11-17 15:34:48

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias "Tony Tormenta," headed up the financial and logistics side of the Gulf Cartel, which his brother,…

Alejandro Flores Cacho

ALEJANDRO FLORES CACHO / 2016-11-17 15:35:25

Alejandro Flores Cacho runs the air operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. A mysterious figure, relatively little is known…

Heriberto Lazcano, alias ‘Z3’

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / 2016-10-20 19:47:17

Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z3," was a former commander in the Mexican special forces, before going on to head the…

Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias ‘El Loco’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / MAY 5, 2020

Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias "El Loco," was the closest thing Colombia has to a modern Pablo Escobar. Until his capture…

Miguel Angel Treviño, alias ‘Z40’

MEXICO PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-17 15:35:53

Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z40," was a top commander of the Zetas criminal organization in Mexico before his capture by…

ELN

COLOMBIA / OCTOBER 27, 2020

The National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional - ELN) is one of the two main guerrilla armies with left-wing…

Diego Perez Henao, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo’

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:02:10

Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo," was the military head of the Rastrojos, a criminal syndicate whose…

Luis E. Calle Serna

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2017-02-16 22:07:27

Luis Enrique Calle Serna was a leader in the feared and ambitious Rastrojos criminal organization in Colombia. He surrendered to US…

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