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Colombian Police Capture Rastrojos Leader with FARC Ties

COLOMBIA / 23 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Colombian National Police on Monday captured Rastrojos leader Hector Eudoro Rivera Erazo, alias "Caballo," in the town of Soacha, just outside of Bogota.

According to the chief of the country’s Anti-Narcotics Directorate, General Augusto Pinzon, Rivera was responsible for coordinating drug-related activities with the FARC, and had criminal ties to Oliver Solarte, a guerrilla commander of the 48th front, reported El Colombiano

Rivera is known to be a close confidante of the Calle Serna brothers, the main leaders of the Rastrojos, and was tasked with transporting more than 200 kilos of cocaine a week to various shipment points around the country.  While the arrest is a testament to the growing strength of Colombian intelligence, it highlights the level of cooperation between the Rastrojos and the FARC, two organizations that have historically been at odds.

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