HomeNewsBriefImpact of Puntilla Death Likely Limited in Colombia Underworld
BRIEF

Impact of Puntilla Death Likely Limited in Colombia Underworld

COLOMBIA / 13 DEC 2018 BY BEATRIZ QUINTERO EN

The killing of Óscar Mauricio Pachón, alias "Puntilla", leader of the criminal band Los Puntilleros, is a high profile event but it is unlikely to have a major impact on the drug trafficking gangs of Colombia’s Eastern Plains.

On December 4, Puntilla died in a clash with police in an apartment in Medellin, El Espectador reported.

Pachón was first arrested in February 2016 before being released in April 2017 due to a lapse in the terms of his incarceration, but a new warrant was issued for his arrest in September 2018 on various charges.

According to the Colombian Attorney-General’s Office, Puntilla was in Medellin after reaching an agreement to receive protection from the Oficina de Envigado gang in exchange for handing over control about part of the drug trafficking routes through the Eastern Plains, according to El Tiempo.

SEE ALSO: Los Puntilleros Profile

Pachón was a drug trafficker with more than 25 years of experience in the criminal world. He was a part of the Medellin and Cali Cartels and went on to lead the armed criminal groups Bloque Meta and Libertadores de Vichada, now known collectively as Los Puntilleros. In this way, he was considered one of the most important criminal leaders of Colombia's Eastern Plains.

InSight Crime Analysis

Despite the high profile of Puntilla, it is unlikely that his death will cause major rumbles in the underworld of the Eastern Plains for several reasons.

After his release from prison in 2017, Pachón sought to remain in hiding, with strong indications that this was due to his loss of influence in the drug trafficking business.

First, Pachón's agreement with the Oficina de Envigado, where the gang provided protection and security in exchange for receiving information about drug trafficking routes, seemed to indicate that he had lost power and influence.

SEE ALSO: Profile of Puntilla

Second, after several arrests of its members, the Puntilleros have been left increasingly weakened. According to field research conducted by InSight Crime, Los Urabeños and Los Puntilleros may have sealed an alliance in the region of Meta to share control of the drug trafficking business.

These two facts could show why Pachón was trying to distance himself from the drug trafficking business or at least maintain a low profile. This means the death of Puntilla may ultimately be of little consequence, given the rise of stronger actors in the region, such as FARC dissidents.

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

BRAZIL / 24 MAR 2022

The 2021 ranking of the world's most violent cities predictably features a heavy presence by Latin American and Caribbean population…

COCA / 1 SEP 2021

Deforestation is the most visible face of environmental crime in Colombia’s Amazon.

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

While now comfortably established in two countries, the ELN have a chance to return to the negotiating table, according to…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…