Pablo Catatumbo

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Jorge Torres Victoria
Pablo Catatumbo USA.jpg
Nickname(s) "Pablo Catatumbo"
Born (1953-03-19) March 19, 1953 (age 61)
Cali, Valle del Cauca,
Colombia
Allegiance
Rank Secretariat member, Bloc commander

Jorge Torres Victoria also known as "Pablo Catatumbo" (born March 19, 1953 in Cali, Valle del Cauca Department) is a Colombian guerrilla leader, member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and part of the secretariat of the FARC and their higher command known as the Estado Mayor Central which is made up some 30 to 60 members. In March, 2008 Torres-Victoria was appointed member of the secretariat of the FARC.[1]

Catatumbo took command of several FARC-EP fronts in Chocó and Valle del Cauca in the 1990s, after which they grew in size and became strong enough to fight the paramilitary group AUC in the region.[2]

The United States government accuses Torres-Victoria of arranging cocaine distribution routes, participating in setting and implementing the FARC’s cocaine policies, directing and controlling the production, manufacture, and distribution of hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States and Europe; the "taxation" of the drug trade in Colombia to raise funds for the FARC; and the murder of hundreds of people who violated or interfered with the FARC’s cocaine policies. The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward up to US$2.5 million for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Las FARC reestructuran su cúpula". El Comercio (in Spanish). El Comercio. Retrieved 2009-05-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.verdadabierta.com/victimarios/1211-bloque-pacifico--frente-heroes-del-choco
  3. ^ "Jorge Torres Victoria". Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs-Narcotics Rewards Program. U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2009-05-26. [dead link]