Colombia is no longer the world’s premier cocaine producer, but best believe blow is still big business in the Latin American nation. However, there is a huge shift happening in Colombia’s cocaine trade, as major kingpins are being busted and killed. This leaves the door wide open for a new boss to take over. All fingers are pointing to Oscar Mauricio Pachon a.k.a. “Puntilla Pachon,” according to Colombia Reports.
“Megateo,” leader of ferocious guerilla army army in northeastern Catatumbo, known for flooding cocaine into Venezuela (a major international hub of Colombian drug activities) was killed by Colombian forces last month. “Pijarvey,” leader of “Libertadores de Vichada,” successor group of neo-paramilitary faction ERPAC, who dominated trafficking routes to Venezuela from the eastern and central regions of Colombia, met a similar fate in September. The biggest blow to the cocaine industry was the 2012 arrest of Colombia’s
biggest kingpin Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, known to authorities as “the last great capo.”
“Puntilla Pachon” is expected to be the next up, assuming Barerra’s role. He’s plugged in with practically every group involved in the the Colombian coke trade, and has allegedly assumed a leadership role. Pachon came up under the influential, yet notorious, Medellin and Cali cartels in in the 90s and made quite a name for himself as a drug trafficker over the decades. He has taken over Barerra’s abandoned network, as well as those of Megateo and Pijarvey and Colombia’s largest drug organization “Los Urabeños.”
Pachon became more murderous after the assassination of his brother, and became more powerful by enlisting corrupt security officials as soldiers. One of these soldiers was his “chief of assassins,” an unnamed ex-cop responsible for over 80 murders. It was a huge blow to Pachon’s operation when this man was kidnapped and murdered in North Bogota last year. Pachon reacted by making “Los Rudos,” a faction comprised hitmen and former police, his “principal defense team.”
Pachon’s empire (spanning across Bogota, the Eastern Plains and the Magdalena Medio) is only expected to grow without interference from the authorities. Colombia Reports elaborates:
According to Semana, Pachon is a force to be reckoned with. So much so that the authorities are beginning to admit concern that his criminal empire could even be bigger than that of Barrera.
This concern was not translated in to positive action this year as security forces directed all of their attention on their offence against “Otoniel” and his criminal gang the “Urabeños”. Instead making the most of being able to lurk in the shadows, Pachon continued building his mega empire and status as one of Colombia’s most powerful drug kingpin.