Juan Carlos Ortiz Escobar

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Juan Carlos Ortiz Escobar a.k.a. Cuchilla was a Colombian drug dealer and prominent member of the Cali Cartel. Ortiz-Escobar was a nephew of former Medellin Cartel boss Pablo Escobar.[1]

Ortiz-Escobar surrendered to Colombian authorities on March 1996 to take advantage of a reduction of sentence in exchange for turning himself in and admitting his guilt.[2][3]

After the capture of Norte del Valle Cartel kingpin Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia on August 7, 2007, Brazilian authorities discovered he had close ties to Ortiz-Escobar. Ramirez-Abadia had been helped by Ortiz-Escobar to establish himself in Brazil.[1][4]

Ortiz-Escobar was killed in 2002, after getting out of jail, by orders of Wilber Varela a.k.a. Jabón.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Phillips, Tom (11 August 2007). "The Guardian: My boy Lollipop: raid ends sweet life of the Colombian drug lord". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Powerful drug lords nabbed in Colombia: section A". Toronto Star. 30 March 1996. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Colombia Arrests Cocaine Traffickers: section A". Washington Post. 30 March 1996. p. 19. 
  4. ^ Barreneche, Eduardo (12 August 2007). "El capo narco que eligió Uruguay". El Pais (in Spanish).