Juan David Ochoa Vásquez

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Juan David Ochoa Vásquez (c. 1949 – 25 July 2013) was a Colombian drug trafficker and one of the founders of the Medellín Cartel, a major drug trafficking cartel based in the city of Medellín.[1]

Juan David was the elder brother of Jorge Luis and Fabio Ochoa Vásquez, powerful figures inside the Medellín Cartel.[2][3]

In January 1991, Juan David Ochoa Vásquez, together with his brother Jorge Luis, turned themselves in to the Colombian government in order to receive the benefits of collaborating with the judicial system. Juan David Ochoa negotiated a surrender and was imprisoned in a medium security prison outside Medellín.[4] In January 1996, as the result of a sentence plea bargain with the state, Juan David Ochoa Vásquez was released from prison after serving five years.


On 25 July 2013, Juan David Ochoa Vásquez died of a heart attack.[5]


  1. ^ Chepesiuk, Ron (1999). The war on drugs: an international encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-87436-985-4.
  2. ^
    "Vasquez, Juan. David. (ca. 1949-present): "The older brother of former drug traffickers Fabio and Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez and one ..." by Ron Chepesiuk (1999)
  3. ^ The Colombian Civil War, p. 220, by Bert Ruiz:
    "The U.S. tried to extradite Ochoa for drug and murder charges as early as 1984 and was extremely unhappy with the generous surrender agreement given to him."
  4. ^ Brooke, James (28 February 1995). "At Home (That's Prison) With Medellin's Ochoas". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Eldest Ochoa Brother of Medellin Cartel Dies". AP. Retrieved 25 July 2013.