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Colombia ERPAC Handover Exposes Holes in Process

CARACHO / 26 DEC 2011

A mass paramilitary surrender resulted in just 21 arrests this weekend in Colombia. The rest of the estimated 269 members of the group known as ERPAC who turned in their…

CARACHO / 22 DEC 2011

Colombian drug gang ERPAC is set to demobilize, which could leave a dangerous power vacuum in their territories in eastern Colombia, where the contenders for power include the FARC rebels.

CARACHO / 2017-03-09 22:17:24

Jose Eberto Lopez Montero, alias "Caracho," is a former soldier who was recruited into the ranks of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), fighting for the paramilitary…

CARACHO / 22 NOV 2011

One of Colombia's most wanted drug traffickers took the unusual move of granting a media interview and sharing details of his gang's plan to turn themselves in -- although…

CARACHO / 31 DEC 2010

A chart (pdf) released by Colombian Police identifies the remaining levels of the drug-smuggling group the Popular Revolutionary Antiterrorist Army of Colombia (RPAC). …

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