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'Sebastian' Moved to Max Security Prison to Break Medellin Mafia Command

COLOMBIA / 1 OCT 2012

Medellin mafia boss “Sebastian,” who was captured in August, has been moved to Colombia’s highest security prison following complaints from the police that he…

COLOMBIA / 8 AUG 2012

Colombian police have captured one of the country’s biggest criminal bosses, the Oficina de Envigado’s Erick Vargas Cardenas, alias "Sebastian."…

COLOMBIA / 27 OCT 2011

Alonso Salazar, the outgoing mayor of Medellin, has repeatedly accused a leading candidate in the upcoming elections of associating with criminal groups. However, such links are unfortunately dime-a-dozen in the…

COLOMBIA / 23 MAY 2011

Nine bodies were found in three mass grave in northern Colombia, which police said could be linked to the conflict between two rival factions of Medellin criminal gang the Oficina…

COLOMBIA / 18 MAY 2011

Colombia's police captured 25 members of gang 'La Camila,' an armed group that is accused of murders, narco-trafficking, extortion and forced displacement in the north-east of Medellin.

HOMICIDES / 16 MAY 2011

Colombian police have arrested the alleged second-in-command of a faction of the Medellin mafia, another indication that the security forces are cracking down on the organization as the city's homicide…

COLOMBIA / 1 NOV 2010

In Colombia there are reports by El Tiempo that the urban violence in Medellin has displaced at least 1,870 people so far this year. Those are only the official numbers…

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 2016-11-07 22:12:46

Erickson Vargas Cardenas, alias "Sebastian," is a former hitman turned leader of the feared Oficina de Envigado organization that operates in and around Medellin, Colombia. He was captured by Colombian…

COLOMBIA GROUPS / OCTOBER 28, 2020

The Oficina de Envigado has evolved from Pablo Escobar's debt collection agency to a complex criminal actor in Medellín.

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