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Colombia Captures Paisas Leader

PAISAS / 2 MAY 2011 BY VANESSA PAZ LECOMPTE EN

The second-in-command of Colombian criminal band the Paisas has been captured, once again, by the Colombian police, reports El Colombiano. Oscar Mauricio Galvis, alias “Pantera,” was first arrested in June but was released shortly afterwards due to procedural errors. The authorities continued tracking him, however, and he was rearrested on Sunday.

Galvis is said to be responsible for 60 percent of this years’ murders in Bajo Cauca, Antioquia, and allegedly manages the exchange of drugs for arms with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (Fuerzas Armasa Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) 18th Front.

This is the second big hit to the organization in the past few days after the third-in-command, alias “Junior,” was killed last week.

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