HomeNewsBriefRecordings Implicate Ex-Congresswoman in Peru Drug Deals
BRIEF

Recordings Implicate Ex-Congresswoman in Peru Drug Deals

PERU / 1 AUG 2013 BY JAMES BARGENT EN

An ex-congresswoman and coca activist accused of links to the Shining Path guerrillas in Peru has been caught on tape apparently discussing drug deals with an alleged trafficker.

Nancy Obregon, who sat in Congress from 2006 to 2011 and is part of the same political party as President Ollanta Humala, was arrested on terrorism and drug trafficking charges in July, along with eight other members of her family.

Peru’s anti-drug police have now released incriminating recordings of Obregon and Omar Rafael Perris Garcia, who police believe to be an emissary of drug trafficking criminal clans in the Upper Huallaga Valley, reported El Comercio. In the tapes, the pair use shrouded language to discuss meetings, airplanes, landing strips, police movements and the export of “shapumba” — a locally cultivated plant which has been grown in crop substitution programs in Peru.

Police also taped Obregon’s son, Leonardo Chavez, using his mother’s phone to discuss transport and prices for a “tonic of plaster” (una tonica de yeso) — believed to be code for a ton of cocaine.

InSight Crime Analysis

Obregon is a major player among coca growers in the Upper Huallaga Valley — one of the main coca growing regions in Peru — and has been accused of assisting arrested Shining Path leader Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, alias “Comrade Artemio.”

SEE ALSO: InSight Crime’s Shining Path profile

After Artemio’s arrest, evidence gathered by police suggested the former congresswoman arranged for the rival Shining Path faction, which is mostly active in the VRAEM (Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley) region, to send fighters to the Upper Huallaga Valley to help coca growers halt eradication efforts.

Given Obregon’s connections to coca growers and the Shining Path — who are not drug traffickers themselves but charge taxes on drug shipments and act as regulators protecting farmers from criminal clans –, it is not surprising that she also appears to be more directly involved in the drug trade.

Obregon has yet to stand trial, but with the recordings backed up by testimonies from both Shining Path guerrillas and drug traffickers, according to prosecutors, the case does not look promising for the former congresswoman.

Compartir icon icon icon

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.

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 8 APR 2016

A new report on organized crime and gold mining in Latin America offers insight into how states, the international community,…

BRAZIL / 20 FEB 2021

Drug traffickers engage in a creative game of hide and seek with coast guards and other security forces that board…

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 DEC 2014

Authorities in Peru have seized 17 estates reportedly worth more than $1 billion from Rodolfo Orellana, the incarcerated leader of…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…