HomeNewsBriefTarget of Facundo Cabral Murder Faces Drug Trafficking Charges
BRIEF

Target of Facundo Cabral Murder Faces Drug Trafficking Charges

NICARAGUA / 2 APR 2012 BY EDWARD FOX EN

Henry Fariñas, the target of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral in July, is facing drug trafficking charges in his home country of Nicaragua, raising the possibility that the attempted hit was drug-related.

On Saturday, a Nicaraguan prosecutor filed charges of drug trafficking and money laundering against Fariñas, who was arrested Thursday. The Associated Press reports that Fariñas (pictured) is accused of helping a drug trafficking organization known as the "Charros" to move narcotics from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, and may have had links to the Colombian Rastrojos drug gang.

Six others were indicted, including US citizen Gerald James Shackelford, who remains at large, reports the AFP.

Fariñas owns the Central American night club chain Elite and was thought to be the target of the attack that killed Facundo Cabral on 9 July last year in Guatemala.

The indictment accuses Fariñas of using shows by international artists, like Cabral, to launder money.

The man alleged to have ordered Fariñas' murder, Costa Rican Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez, alias “El Palidejo,” was arrested in Colombia last month and has been extradited to Guatemala to face murder charges. He is believe to have served as a key link between the Rastrojos and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

InSight Crime Analysis

In the aftermath of the July 9 assassination attempt, Fariñas told Guatemalan investigators that Jimenez had plotted to kill him because he refused to sell the Costa Rican branch of Elite for $400,000. These claims have not been corroborated, and the trafficking charges against Fariñas make it more likely that the hit was drug-related, particularly if both had ties to the Rastrojos, as has been claimed.

The fact that Fariñas' arrest came so soon after Jimenez's suggests that Jimenez may have started cooperating with the authorities, as a retired senior police chief told El Nuevo Diario.

As InSight Crime has noted, Fariñas appears to be well connected in Nicaragua, as evidenced by the defense of the night club owner by Nicaragua's Supreme Court President Alba Luz Ramos when Guatemalan authorities suggested he may have been the target in the attack, and by the failure of Nicaragua's authorities to successfully gather evidence against him in the past, despite suspicions of criminal ties.

His detention therefore suggests that Nicaraguan authorities may have decided to sacrifice him, possibly to protect someone higher up who is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

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.

Tags

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

CACHIROS / 28 DEC 2020

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions…

EL SALVADOR / 30 DEC 2021

The United States, under the Biden administration, was supposed to help curb corruption, but for corrupt officials in Central America,…

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 JUN 2021

With his leading opponent under house arrest for money laundering charges, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega appears to be weaponizing the…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Join Us This #GivingTuesday in Exposing Organized Crime

24 NOV 2022

For over twelve years, InSight Crime has contributed to the global dialogue on organized crime and corruption. Our work has provided policymakers, analysts, academics, journalists, and the general public with…

THE ORGANIZATION

Like Crime, Our Coverage Knows No Borders

18 NOV 2022

The nature of global organized crime means that while InSight Crime focuses on Latin America, we also follow criminal dynamics worldwide. InSight Crime investigator Alessandro Ford covers the connections between Latin American and European…

THE ORGANIZATION

Using Data to Expose Crime

11 NOV 2022

Co-director Jeremy McDermott made a virtual presentation at a conference hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The ‘Sixth International Conference on Governance, Crime, and Justice…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime ON AIR

4 NOV 2022

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley was interviewed for the podcast The Rosenberg Case: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and Conspiracy in Guatemala, which explores the potential involvement of then president, Álvaro Colom,…

WORK WITH US

Work With Us: Research Internship and Editorial Internship

31 OCT 2022

InSight Crime, a think tank dedicated to the study of organized crime and citizen security in the Americas, is seeking interns and investigators to join its dynamic, multinational team.