Search Bloc

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"Bloque de búsqueda" redirects here. For the colombian telenovel with the same name but in Spanish, see Bloque de búsqueda (telenovela).
Colombian National Police

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History:
National Police History
Jean Marie Marcelin Gilibert
Ranks:
Officers
Executives
Enlisted
Directorates:
Citizens Security
Special Operations Commandoes
Highway Police
Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron
Fiscal and Customs Police
Directorate of Carabineers and Rural Security
Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol
Schools:
General Santander Academy

The Search Bloc (Spanish: Bloque de Búsqueda) was the name of three different special operations units of the National Police of Colombia (Policía Nacional de Colombia). They were originally organized with a focus on capturing or killing highly dangerous individuals or groups of individuals.

First Search Bloc[edit]

The original Search Bloc was created in 1992 by President Cesar Gaviria with the sole objective of apprehending drug lord Pablo Escobar and his associates. Its original commander was Colonel Hugo Martinez.

Members of Search Bloc received training from the Colombian army and were specially selected for being impervious to police corruption from the drug cartels. Throughout its mission, Search Bloc faced many obstacles such as a spy within the group and allegations of collaboration with anti-Escobar vigilante groups such as Los Pepes, which would have included vigilantism within Search Bloc pertaining to suspicious deaths of Escobar's subordinates.

Escobar was killed on December 2, 1993, in a shootout with members of Search Bloc. After dismantling his Medellín Cartel, the Search Bloc was transferred to Cali to find and shut down the structure of the Cali Cartel.

Second Search Bloc[edit]

Search Bloc was revived in 2004 to root out cocaine and heroin traffickers in southwest Colombia. The mission of the new Search Bloc was to take apart the Norte del Valle cartel and arrest its leader, Diego León Montoya Sánchez, which it did successfully in 2007.

Third Search Bloc[edit]

In 2007, the Colombian government again ordered the creation of a new Search Bloc against the Águilas Negras, classifying the organization as a gang of former paramilitaries.[1]

Popular culture[edit]

The original Search Bloc has featured prominently in the Netflix original series Narcos, which portrays the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar. In the series the Bloc is headed by a character named Colonel Horacio Carrillo, who critics have claimed was loosely based on Colonel Hugo Martinez; however, Martinez is introduced as a separate character in Season 2.

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