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Medellin Mayor: DEA orders extradition of Colombian crime lords

February 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Medellin Mayor: DEA orders extradition of Colombian crime lords

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The U.S. DEA has ordered the extradition of four Medellin crime bosses who allegedly operated drug trafficking rackets from behind bars.

According to Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez, the DEA requested for four men identified as Carlos Pesebre, Carlos Mauricio Soto Isaza, Diego Alberto Muñoz Agudelo alias “Chamizo,” and Juan Carlos Mesa aka “Tom,” to be extradited to the United States to face international drug trafficking charges.

All four are heads of the local crime group “La Oficina de Envigado,” which has dominated much of Medellin’s underworld since the 1980s.

Medellin crime lords Carlos Pesebre, (left) and Carlos Mauricio Soto Isaza (right)

The Office of Foreign Assets Control for the  US Department of the Treasury has previously sanctioned the four underworld figures as designated drug traffickers under the so-called Kingpin Act.

Gutierrez announced the request after locals recovered the bodies of five purported drug dealers in the Robledo district and the Medellin River, according to Colombia Reports.

The horrific finding signified the end of a particularly violent month in the second largest city in Colombia.

Colombian underworld bosses Diego Alberto Muñoz Agudelo, alias ‘Diego Chamizo’ (left) and Juan Carlos Mesa alias “Tom” (right)

According to local reports, 54 murders were reported in January, which is a 35% increase compared to January of last year.

The apprehension of Mesa, the purported leader of La Oficina, appeared to have led to tensions between groups that are loyal the local crime syndicate and gangs loyal to the paramilitary organization AGC.

Medellin was subjected to a similar spike in homicides after the extradition of “Don Berna,” a drug trafficker who inherited La Oficina in 2008.

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