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December 30, 2010 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
Ending a years-long manhunt, troops in Colombia have found the corpse of Pedro "the Knife" Guerrero, one of the country's top right-wing paramilitary leaders and drug traffickers, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday. Guerrero, whose nickname refers to the weapon he favored while terrifying peasants he suspected of aiding leftist rebels, was believed to have been mortally wounded in a gun battle Christmas morning when 120 helicopter-borne commandos of the special Junglas anti-narcotics police force raided his camp near the remote town of Mapiripan in Meta state.
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December 30, 2010 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
Ending a years-long manhunt, troops in Colombia have found the corpse of Pedro "the Knife" Guerrero, one of the country's top right-wing paramilitary leaders and drug traffickers, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday. Guerrero, whose nickname refers to the weapon he favored while terrifying peasants he suspected of aiding leftist rebels, was believed to have been mortally wounded in a gun battle Christmas morning when 120 helicopter-borne commandos of the special Junglas anti-narcotics police force raided his camp near the remote town of Mapiripan in Meta state.
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October 27, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-one people, including an Orange County lawyer who has defended alleged members of a Colombian drug cartel, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of cocaine smuggling, it was disclosed Wednesday. Eleven people have been arrested so far in the case, which involved the importation and distribution of up to 1,000 kilograms of uncut cocaine in the United States every month for at least a year, officials said.
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December 18, 1989 | DON A. SCHANCHE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top government official Sunday credited a new willingness by Colombians to inform on the drug lords and the extradition to the United States of a second-level trafficker more than a month ago with setting the stage for the killing Friday of a leading member of the Medellin cocaine cartel.
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October 22, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pablo Escobar and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha have joined the notorious ranks of Billy the Kid and Al Capone. After years on the rampage, the two Colombian drug lords seem bigger than life and as bad as bandits come. Forbes magazine estimates the pair's wealth in the billions of dollars. In addition to buying the compliance of countless Colombian officials, they are known to finance paramilitary platoons in rural areas and squads of hired killers in the cities.
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September 2, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Drug magnate Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha may be losing his billionaire status. Among Colombia's beleaguered kings of cocaine, Rodriguez Gacha has been hit hardest by an unprecedented campaign of official raids and confiscations over the past two weeks, a high Colombian intelligence official told The Times.
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December 16, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their single biggest victory in the drug war, Colombian police Friday shot and killed notorious narcotics trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who as a leader of the Medellin cartel waged a campaign of terror to maintain the world's biggest cocaine empire.
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November 8, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the first international crackdown of its kind, authorities in five countries have frozen bank accounts holding at least $60 million belonging to one of the most-wanted members of a major Colombian cocaine cartel, a U.S. official disclosed Tuesday. Sources said the accounts were controlled by Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, a leading member of the Medellin cartel and one of the "dirty dozen" traffickers whose apprehension has been given top priority by U.S. authorities.
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December 18, 1989 | DON A. SCHANCHE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top government official Sunday credited a new willingness by Colombians to inform on the drug lords and the extradition to the United States of a second-level trafficker more than a month ago with setting the stage for the killing Friday of a leading member of the Medellin cocaine cartel.
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September 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two captured men have confessed to killing a popular presidential candidate, the army says, and a congressional leader said he was contacted by Colombia's two most notorious drug lords with a new offer to negotiate. Bogota's half a dozen daily newspapers quoted an army general Saturday as saying the army now knows who hired the alleged assassins of Sen. Luis Carlos Galan, whose Aug. 18 killing led the government to declare war on drug traffickers. But Gen.
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December 16, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their single biggest victory in the drug war, Colombian police Friday shot and killed notorious narcotics trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who as a leader of the Medellin cartel waged a campaign of terror to maintain the world's biggest cocaine empire.
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December 7, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. effort to freeze an estimated $81 million in overseas bank accounts belonging to a leader of the Medellin cartel went partly awry last month when a significant part of the total was suddenly transferred to Panama, the Justice Department reported Wednesday. "We lost $20 million," Drug Enforcement Administration chief John C. Lawn conceded. The admission came as Lawn and Atty. Gen.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the first international crackdown of its kind, authorities in five countries have frozen bank accounts holding at least $60 million belonging to one of the most-wanted members of a major Colombian cocaine cartel, a U.S. official disclosed Tuesday. Sources said the accounts were controlled by Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, a leading member of the Medellin cartel and one of the "dirty dozen" traffickers whose apprehension has been given top priority by U.S. authorities.
NEWS
October 22, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pablo Escobar and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha have joined the notorious ranks of Billy the Kid and Al Capone. After years on the rampage, the two Colombian drug lords seem bigger than life and as bad as bandits come. Forbes magazine estimates the pair's wealth in the billions of dollars. In addition to buying the compliance of countless Colombian officials, they are known to finance paramilitary platoons in rural areas and squads of hired killers in the cities.
NEWS
September 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two captured men have confessed to killing a popular presidential candidate, the army says, and a congressional leader said he was contacted by Colombia's two most notorious drug lords with a new offer to negotiate. Bogota's half a dozen daily newspapers quoted an army general Saturday as saying the army now knows who hired the alleged assassins of Sen. Luis Carlos Galan, whose Aug. 18 killing led the government to declare war on drug traffickers. But Gen.
NEWS
September 2, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Drug magnate Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha may be losing his billionaire status. Among Colombia's beleaguered kings of cocaine, Rodriguez Gacha has been hit hardest by an unprecedented campaign of official raids and confiscations over the past two weeks, a high Colombian intelligence official told The Times.
NEWS
December 7, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. effort to freeze an estimated $81 million in overseas bank accounts belonging to a leader of the Medellin cartel went partly awry last month when a significant part of the total was suddenly transferred to Panama, the Justice Department reported Wednesday. "We lost $20 million," Drug Enforcement Administration chief John C. Lawn conceded. The admission came as Lawn and Atty. Gen.
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May 4, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
U.S. forces were involved in the December air assault in Colombia that led to the death of fugitive drug lord Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, Newsday reported today. A small U.S. special operations team planned and carried out the raid with an elite Colombian police unit, the newspaper said, citing a congressional source who was briefed on the mission and an unidentified special operations officer familiar with the raid. The report came one day after President Bush denied that U.S.
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October 27, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-one people, including an Orange County lawyer who has defended alleged members of a Colombian drug cartel, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of cocaine smuggling, it was disclosed Wednesday. Eleven people have been arrested so far in the case, which involved the importation and distribution of up to 1,000 kilograms of uncut cocaine in the United States every month for at least a year, officials said.
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