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Colombian Cartel Groups/Leaders

jmulligan13
Any and all corrections/additions are very welcome.

Colombia

Cali Cartel (Gentlemen of Cali/Cali KGB/Las Chemas)
Cali, Colombia/New York, NY/Miami, FL/Spain

Luis Fernando Tamayo García (196?-1977) Leader-Died
Gilberto “The Chessplayer” Rodríguez-Orejuela (1977-1986) Boss-Stepped Down
Miguel “El Límon” Rodríguez-Orejuela (1984-1986) Acting Boss-Promoted
Miguel “El Límon” Rodríguez-Orejuela (1986-1996) Boss-Imprisoned
?
William Rodríguez-Abadia (1995-1996) Street Boss
Gilberto “The Chessplayer” Rodríguez-Orejuela (1996-2006) Boss-Extradited
William Rodríguez-Abadia (1996-2006) Acting Boss-Imprisoned
Juan “Chupeta” Carlos Ramirez-Adabia (1996) Street Boss-Imprisoned
Jose “Chepe” Santacruz-Londano (1996) Street Boss-Murdered
Phanor Arizabaleta Arzayus (1996-1997) Street Boss-Imprisoned

The 400
Cali, Colombia/New York, NY

Jorge “Don Cholito” Alberto Rodríguez (198-1994) Leader-Imprisoned
?


Norte de Valle Cartel
Norte del Cauca/Cali, Colombia

Diego “Don Diego” León Montoya-Sánchez (1996-2007) Boss-Imprisoned
Juan “Chupeta” Carlos Ramirez-Adabia (2002-2007) Street Boss-Imprisoned
Oscar "Capachivo" Varela-Garcia (2007-2008) Boss-Imprisoned
Wilber "Jabon" Varela (2008) Boss-Murdered
Javier “Comba" Antonio Calle Serna (2008-2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Diego “El Doctor” Rastrojo (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Luis “Comba” Enrique Calle Serna (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Jorge "La Iguana" Urdinola Perea (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Henry “El Alacrán” Loaiza Ceballos (2012-2016) Boss-Split

Los Machos
Valle del Cauca/Cali, Colombia

Diego “Don Diego” León Montoya-Sánchez (?-2007) Boss-Imprisoned
Oscar "Capachivo" Varela-Garcia (?-2007) Leader-Promoted
Oscar "Capachivo" Varela-Garcia (2007-2008) Boss-Imprisoned


Los Rastrojos (Comandos Urbanos)
Norte del Cauca/Cali, Colombia/Venezuela

Wilber "Jabon" Varela (2004-2008) Leader-Murdered
Diego “Diego ‘El Doctor’ Rastrojo” Pérez Henao (2004-2008) Street Leader-Split
Carlos “Macao” Mario Jimenez (2008) Boss-Imprisoned
Javier “Comba" Antonio Calle Serna (2008-2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Diego “Diego ‘El Doctor’ Rastrojo” Pérez Henao (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Luis “Comba” Enrique Calle Serna (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Jorge "La Iguana" Urdinola Perea (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
?
Wilfredo “Neco” de Jesús Torres Gómez (2016-2019) Boss-Imprisoned
Jhon “El Menor” Jairo Durán Contreras (2019) Boss-Imprisoned
?

?
Ecuador/Colombia/Panama

Washington "Gerald" Edison Prado Alava (2006-2012) Leader-Imprisoned


La Línea
Colombia/Venezuela

?

La Frontera
Colombia/Venezuela

?

Valle del Cauca Cartel


Medellin

La Oficina de Envigado (Medellin Cartel/Los Extraditables/MAS)
Medellin, Colombia/Miami, FL/New York, NY

Griselda “The Godmother of Cocaine” Blanco (1975-1981) Leader
Don Pablo “El Padrino” Escobar Gaveria (1981-1993) Boss-Killed
Fernando “El Negro” Galeano (1991-1992) Acting Boss-Murdered
Fabio “Don Fabio” Ochoa Restrepo, Jr. (1993-1996) Boss-Imprisoned
Diego “Don Berna” Murillo Bejarano (1993-1996) Leader-Promoted
Diego “Don Berna” Murillo Bejarano (1996-2008) Boss-Imprisoned
Sebastián "Lindo" Murillo Echeverri (2006-2008) Acting Boss
John “Sebastian” Ericson Vargas Cardona (2008-2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Leonardo “Douglas” Munoz (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Juan “Tom” Carlos Mesa (2012-2017) Boss-Imprisoned
Sebastián "Lindo" Murillo Echeverri (2012-2017) Leader-Promoted
Sebastián "Lindo" Murillo Echeverri (2017-2018) Boss-Imprisoned
?

Lehder-Jung
Normans Cay, Bahamas/Los Angeles, CA/Colombia, Miami, FL

Umberto ?
George “Boston George” Jung (1975-1979) Leader-Demoted
Carlos “Rambo” Lehder Rivas (1979-1987) Leader-Imprisoned

Galiano Clan
Medellin, Colombia

Galiano (-1992) Leader-Murdered
Diego “Don Berna” Murillo Bejarano (1991-1996) Leader-Promoted


Los Priscos
Medellín, Colombia

Armando Alberto Prisco (198-1991) Leader-Killed
David Ricardo Prisco (1991) Leader-Killed

La Terraza
Medellín, Colombia

Diego “Don Berna” Murillo-Bejarano (1996-2008) Boss-Imprisoned
José “Douglas” Muñoz Martínez (-2012) Leader-Imprisoned
Julian “Barny" Andrey Gonzalez Vasquez (20-2015) Leader-Imprisoned
Mauricio “Chicho” Zapata Orozco (-2019) Leader-Imprisoned

Los Paisas
Medellín, Colombia

Commander Angel “Sebastian” de Jesus Pacheco Chanci (2008-2009) Boss-Split
Commander Cesar “Mono Vides” Augusto Torres Lujan (2009-2010) Boss-Killed
Maximiliano “Valenciano” Bonilla Orozco

La Unión
Medellín, Colombia

Roberto “Cambo” Hernández Ossa
Maximiliano “Valenciano” Bonilla Orozco


Robledo
Medellín, Colombia

Trianón
Medellín, Colombia

Las Chatas
Medellín, Colombia

Juan “Tom” Carlos Mesa (2012-2017) Boss-Imprisoned
?


Cifuentes-Villa Clan
Medellín, Colombia/Guatemala/Mexico/Panama/Ecuador

Francisco “Pacho” Cifuentes-Villa (1993-2007) Boss-Murdered
Fernando Cifuentes-Villa (2007-200) Boss-Died
Jorge “Elkin de Jesus” Milton Cifuentes-Villa (?-2012) Boss-Flipped


El Dorado Cartel/Cartel de Bogota (La Junta/Caicedo-Barrera)
Bogota, Colombia

Omar Barrera (198-198) Boss-Killed
Daniel “El Loco”  Barrera Barrera (198-19?) Boss-Imprisoned
Luis "Don Lucho" Agustin Caicedo Velandia (199?-2010) Boss-Flipped
“Max” (2005-2009) Leader-Flipped
Daniel “El Loco”  Barrera Barrera (200-2010) Street Boss-Promoted
Daniel “El Loco”  Barrera Barrera (2010-2012) Boss-Imprisoned


North Coast Cartel (Barranquilla Cartel)
Barranquilla, Colombia

Alberto “El Caracol” Orlandez-Gamboa (1980-1998) Boss-Imprisoned
Julio “El Turco” Cesar Nasser-David (1998-2000) Boss-Died
Alexander "El Alto” Enrique Batalla (2000-2010) Boss-Imprisoned


BACRIM/Bandas Criminales

AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia/ACCU/Los PEPEs)

Colombia/Venezula

José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha (19-1989) Boss-Killed
Fidel Castano-Gil (1992-1994) Leader-Murdered
Carlos Castano-Gil (1994-1997) Leader-Promoted
Carlos Castano-Gil (1997-2004) Boss-Killed
Salvatore “El Mono” Mancuso-Gomez (1997-2004) Street Boss-Promoted
Salvatore “El Mono” Mancuso-Gomez (2004-2006) Boss-Demobilized
Jose “Vicente ‘El Profe’ Castano” Castano-Gil (2004-2006) Street Boss-Splintered
Salvatore “El Mono” Mancuso-Gomez (2006-2008) Leader-Imprisoned


Clan del Golfo (AGC/Clan Usuga/Los Urabenos/Bloque Heroes de Castaño)
Uraba, Colombia/Medellin, Colombia/Miami, FL/USA

Jose “Vicente ‘El Profe’ Castano” Castano-Gil (1997-2006) Boss-Splintered
? (1997-) Leader
Freddy “El Aleman” Rendon-Herrera (2004-2006) Leader-Demobilized
Daniel “Don Mario” Rendon-Herrera (2006-2009) Boss-Imprisoned
Henry “Mi Sangre” de Jesus Lopez (2008-2009) Street Boss
Juan de Dios “Giovanni” Usuga-David (2009-2012) Boss-Killed
Henry “Mi Sangre” de Jesus Lopez (2009-2012) Street Boss-Promoted
Henry “Mi Sangre” de Jesus Lopez (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Dario “Otoniel” Antonio Usuga-David (2012-Present) Boss
Santander “Omar” Franco Jimenez (2015) Imprisoned

Estado Mayor

The Black Eagles (Aquilas Negras)

Colombia

Jose “Vicente ‘El Profe’ Castano” Castano-Gil (2006-Present) Boss-?
Daniel “Don Mario” Rendon-Herrera (2006-2018) Leader-Imprisoned

Clan del Oriente (Eastern Clan)
Uraba, Colombia/Medellin, Colombia


Los Caparrapos/Virgilio Peralta Arena Front (Central Bolivar Bloc/BCB)
Colombia

Carlos “Javier ‘Macaco’ Montenez” Mario Jiménez Naranjo (1996-1997) Boss-Joined
Carlos “Javier ‘Macaco’ Montenez” Mario Jiménez Naranjo (1997-2006) Leader-Demobilized
Carlos “Javier ‘Macaco’ Montenez” Mario Jiménez Naranjo (2006-2008) Boss-Imprisoned
Guillermo “Sebastián ‘Memo Fantasma’ Colmenares” Acevedo Giraldo (2006-2008) Leader-Promoted
Guillermo “Sebastián ‘Memo Fantasma’ Colmenares” Acevedo Giraldo (2008) Boss-Fled
José “Seis-Siete” Horacio Abello (2008-2017) Leader-Imprisoned
Emiliano “Pilatos" Alcides Osorio Maceas (2017-Present) Boss

Bolivar Southern Front
Colombia

Rodrigo “Julian Bolivar” Perez Alzate (-2006) Leader-Demobilized
Guillermo “Pablo Sevillano” Perez Alzate (2006-2008) Leader-Imprisoned

La Constru
Putumayo, Colombia

Carlos “Javier ‘Macaco’ Montenez” Mario Jiménez Naranjo(2006-2008) Leader-Imprisoned
?
Miguel “Gárgola” Antonio Bastidas Bravo (200-2016) Leader-Splintered
Héctor “Bonito” Orlando Bastidas (2011-2015) Acting Leader-Fled
Miguel “Gárgola” Antonio Bastidas Bravo (2016-2019) Boss-Imprisoned
Henry “El Alacrán” Loaiza Ceballos (2015-2016) Acting Boss
Henry “El Alacrán” Loaiza Ceballos (2019) Boss-Imprisoned

Los Invisibles (The Invisibles)
Madrid, Spain/Colombia

Guillermo “Sebastián ‘Memo Fantasma’ Colmenares” Acevedo Giraldo (2008-Present) Leader


Los Nevados
Colombia/Venezuela

Víctor “El Mellizo” Manuel Mejía Múnera (2006-2008) Boss-Killed
Miguel “El Mellizo” Ángel Mejía Múnera (2008) Boss-Imprisoned
?

Los Pachenca/ACSN (Autodefensas Conquistadoras de la Sierra Nevada)
Medellín, Colombia

Jesús “Chucho Mercancía” María Aguirre Gallego (2008-2019) Boss-Killed
Deimer “80” Patiño Giraldo (2019-2020) Boss-Killed

Los Pelusos
Santander, Colombia

Luis “Pacora” Antonio Quintero (2008-2019) Boss-Killed

Los Puntilleros (Bloque Meta/ERPAC)
Colombia

Pedro “Cuchillo” Oliveiro Guerrero (2006-2010) Leader-Died
Mauricio “Puntilla" Pachón Rozo (2009)
Daniel “El Loco”  Barrera Barrera (2012) Boss-Imprisoned
Arnulfo “El Tigre” Hernandez Guzman (20-2017) Boss-Imprisoned

Libtadores del Vichada
Colombia

Martín “Pijarbey" Farfán Díaz González (2006-2009) Boss-Killed

ELN (National Liberation Army)
Colombia

Fabio Vásquez Castaño (1964) Leader
?
Father Camilo Torres Restrepo (1965-1966) Leader-Killed
?
Father Manuel “El Cura Pérez” Pérez Martínez (19-1998) Leader-Died
Nicolás "Gabino" Rodríguez Bautista (19-) Commander-in-Chief
?
Francisco Galán (20-20) Leader-Imprisoned
Eliécer “Antonio García” Erlington Chamorro Acosta (20-Present) Leader


HPL/EPL (Hope, Peace & Liberty/Popular Liberation Army)
Colombia/Venezuela

(196-197) Leader-Killed
Leader-Demobilized
Francisco Caraballo (-1991) Leader-Split
Francisco Caraballo (1991-1994) Dissident Leader-Imprisoned
Víctor “Megateo” Ramon Navarro Cervano (2005-2015) Dissident Leader-Killed
Guillermo “David León” León Aguirre (2015-2016) Dissident Leader-Imprisoned
Jade “Caracho” Navarro Barbaso (2016) Dissident Leader-Murdered
Luis “Pacora” Antonio Quintero (2016-2019) Boss-Killed
?

Libardo Mora Toro de Los Pelusos Front/EPL (Dissident Line)

Francisco Caraballo (1991-1994) Leader-Imprisoned
Víctor “Megateo” Ramon Navarro Cervano (2005-2015) Leader-Killed
Guillermo “David León” León Aguirre (2015-2016) Leader-Imprisoned
?
“Pacora”

?

Jesús “Grillo” Serrano Clavijo (2019) Leader

Elisenio Torres Villalba Front

Reinaldo “Pepe” Peñaranda Franco (2018-) Leader


Ex-FARC Mafia (FARC Dissidents)

1st Front/Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia/Dissidents (FARC/FARC-EP)

Colombia

Manuel “Tirofijo" Marulanda-Velez (1964-2008) Commander In Chief-Died
Luis “Jacobo Arenas“ Alberto Morantes Jaimes (1985-1990) Political Leader-Died
Alfonso Cano (1990-) Political Leader
Raul Reyes (-2008) Spokesman-Killed
Alfonso Cano (2008-2011) Commander In Chief-Killed
Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londoño Echeverri (2011-2016) Commander In Chief-Demobilized
Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londoño Echeverri (2016-2017) Leader-Retired
Luciano "Iván Márquez" Marín Arango (201-) Leader
Miguel "Gentil “The Poet“ Duarte” Botache Santillana (2017-Present) Boss
?
Luciano "Iván Márquez" Marín Arango (2019-) Leader

16th Front

Gentil Duarte (2016-) Leader

16th Front/Vichada Bloc

Tomas “Negro Acacio“ Molina Caracas (?-2007) Leader-Killed

19th Front/Caribbean Bloc

Seuxis “Jesús Santrich” Pausías Hernández (2017-Present) Boss

27th Front/Eastern Bloc

Victor “Mono Jojoy” Julio Suarez Rojas (2006-2010) Leader-Killed
“Cachorro” (2010-?) Leader


48th Front

Obeiman “Sinaloa” Cortés (2016-2019) Leader-Murdered


M-19/AD-M19 (Movimiento 19 de Abril)
Colombia

Jaime “Skinny” Bateman Cayón (1970-1983) Leader-Died
Ivan “The Terrible” Marino Ospina (1983-1985) Leader-Killed
Álvaro "The Turk" Fayad Delgado (1985-1986) Leader-Killed
Carlos Pizarro Leongómez (1986-1989) Leader-Demobilized
Carlos Pizarro Leongómez (1989-1990) Leader-Murdered
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Re: Colombian Cartel Groups/Leaders

redlogarythm
Congrats @jmulligan. I liked this list very much...No doubts you put a lot of efforts here

Nevertheless I think there are one or two misconceptions.

In the AUC section you include Rodriguez Gacha ``El Mexicano´´. Gacha wasn´t part of the AUC, he got involved in the creation of paramilitary death squads through MAS (Muerte A Secuestradores) in order to target the Union Patriotica and the civil progressive movement with links to the guerrillas.

Also, the M19 wasn´t involved in drugs. Although they bought guns in Panama to people who also sold to drug dealers they weren´t involved in the drug trade at all.

Other than that impressive effort
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jmulligan13
Thanks, I am attempting to locate the source of my reasoning for listing Gacha on there....on some groups, I have put the leaders of what they evolved from/history. So may have been the case.

I listed M19 at the very bottom for that reason, they were connected to and either at odds with or collaborated with various cartels.
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redlogarythm
If you want to know more about paramilitary groups in Colombia Carlos Castaño co-wrote with Mauricia Aranguren a book called My Confession on the early 2000s where he gives an excellent briefing of the groups and leaders (although he also lies in several aspects)

The FARC, ELN and EPL were rural guerrillas holding territories where they took care of coca harvests and laboratories. The M19 was mainly an urban guerrilla, thus they couldn´t collaborate with cartels.