HomeNewsBriefColombia Arrests Trafficker who Helped Facundo's Alleged Killer Escape
BRIEF

Colombia Arrests Trafficker who Helped Facundo's Alleged Killer Escape

COLOMBIA / 18 OCT 2012 BY CLAIRE O NEILL MCCLESKEY EN

Colombia arrested seven alleged members of a transnational drug trafficking network, one of whom had links with the man suspected of ordering the hit that killed Argentine singer Facundo Cabral in Guatemala last year.

On October 17, Colombian police announced the capture of seven suspected members of a trafficking network that shipped cocaine from Colombia into Central and North America, reported Semana.

The head of the network's activities in Colombia, Salomon Hinojosa Asprilla, escaped from a Panamanian prison in January 2010. According to La Tribuna, Hinojosa allegedly helped Costa Rican trafficker Alejando Jimenez, alias "El Palidejo," flee from Panama to Colombia's Choco province after the murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral in July last year.

InSight Crime Analysis

Cabral's murder in Guatemala led Central American authorities to uncover a complex transnational trafficking network, and the investigation has involved prosecutors from some five different countries.

El Palidejo was captured in Colombia in March and extradited to Guatemala, which confirmed on October 16 that he will stand trial for ordering the hit that resulted in Cabral's death. The target of the hit was Nicaraguan nightclub owner Henry Fariñas, a former business partner of El Palidejo. Last week, a court in Nicaragua sentenced Fariñas to 30 years in prison for running an international drug trafficking ring under the command of El Palidejo.

El Palidejo is also wanted in Costa Rica for money laundering and in Nicaragua for money laundering and drug trafficking. Nicaraguan authorities believe that the network led by El Palidejo may have laundered $1.11 billion in illegal profits through the country's financial system between 2005 and 2012.

After El Palidejo's arrest, Colombian police chief Oscar Naranjo told the press that El Palidejo had been under the protection of the Rastrojos gang, which was likely one of his primary suppliers of narcotics and was reportedly planning to help him leave the country. El Palidejo has also been linked to a Mexican drug trafficking organization with ties to the Familia Michoacana.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 9 APR 2012

Although it has relied heavily on extraditions in the past as a way to break up powerful criminal networks, the…

AUC / 29 MAR 2020

“The Ghost” had fled Medellín, tied off loose ends in the underworld and perhaps suspended his drug trafficking activities. He…

COLOMBIA / 5 JUN 2014

Authorities in Colombia have re-arrested one of Italy's 20 most wanted mafiosos, serving as further evidence of the 'Ndrangheta's renewed…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela El Dorado Investigation Makes Headlines

3 DEC 2021

InSight Crime's investigation into the trafficking of illegal gold in Venezuela's Amazon region generated impact on both social media and in the press. Besides being republished and mentioned by several…

THE ORGANIZATION

Gender and Investigative Techniques Focus of Workshops

26 NOV 2021

On November 23-24, InSight Crime conducted a workshop called “How to Cover Organized Crime: Investigation Techniques and A Focus on Gender.” The session convened reporters and investigators from a dozen…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Names Two New Board Members

19 NOV 2021

In recent weeks, InSight Crime added two new members to its board. Joy Olson is the former executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America…

THE ORGANIZATION

Senate Commission in Paraguay Cites InSight Crime

12 NOV 2021

InSight Crime’s reporting and investigations often reach the desks of diplomats, security officials and politicians. The latest example occurred in late October during a commission of Paraguay's Senate that tackled…

THE ORGANIZATION

Backing Investigative Journalism Around the Globe

5 NOV 2021

InSight Crime was a proud supporter of this year's Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which took place November 1 through November 5 and convened nearly 2,000 journalists…