Daniel Rendón Herrera

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Daniel Rendón Herrera (alias Don Mario; born 1966)[citation needed] is a Colombian drug lord. He was captured on 15 April 2009 while hiding in a jungle.[1]

Rendón Herrera once led the Los Gaitanistas drug trafficking paramilitary gang, formerly known as Auto-defensas Gaitanistas (Gaitanist Self-Defence Group), and founding member of the "Los Urabeños" criminal gang.[2][3][4]


Rendón Herrera was born in 1966 in Antioquia to a poor family, one of 14 children.[5] One of his brothers is former paramilitary leader Freddy Rendón-Herrera, alias "El Aleman" ("The German"); another is evangelical pastor and paramilitary John Jairo de Jesús Rendón-Herrera (alias "German Monsalve").[6][7][8][9]

Daniel Rendón Herrera was second in command, after his brother, of the Elmer Cárdenas block of the ACCU (Peasant Self-Defense Forces of Córdoba and Urabá), a paramilitary group that belonged to the AUC (United Self Defense Forces of Colombia). He was a great friend of Carlos Castaño Gil, who was the top commander of the AUC; and in his honor named one of his organizations, called Heroes of Castaño, that later became a block of a new narco-paramilitary organization, created by himself, the AGC (Gaitanist Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), in which took command of 400 men in the Urabá region, and controlled the drug traffic, through alliances made with the guerrillas.[10][11][12]


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  4. ^ "Dario Antonio Usuga David". State.gov. 15 September 1971. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Perfil de Daniel Rendón Herrera" (in Spanish). Elheraldo.co. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "News from DEA, Domestic Field Divisions, New York City News Releases". Justice.gov. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Policía excluyó de los más buscados a hermano de alias "Mario"". Elcolombiano.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "John Jairo de Jesús Rendón-Herrera profile". eltiempo.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Todo empezó en Envigado". Elespectador.com. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Conflicto Armado en Colombia". VerdadAbierta.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Queda libre el hermano del confeso narcoparamilitar alias 'Don Mario'". eltiempo.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "La telarana de los paras en Uraba". Verdadabierta.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015.