A Colombian drug trafficker waiting to be extradited to the United States was accused on Sunday of threatening his prison guards.
Camilo Torres Martinez, alias “Fritanga,” threatened to kill his prison guards at a maximum security prison in Valledupar, Meta in the north of Colombia after a search of his cell turned up a cellular phone and other contraband.
“During the procedure [cell check], the inmate threatened the lives of the guards that made the seizure, for that reason, we proceeded to raise the respective reports for such behavior,” said Colombia’s prison authority INPEC.
Reports indicate that the threat was immediately brought to the attention of judicial authorities that plan to extradite him to Florida where he is wanted on drug trafficking charges.
Fritanga ended up in the Valledupar prison after two attempted prison escapes in 2012. After his arrest in June of 2012, Fritanga was held in Bogota‘s La Picota prison, but was transferred in August for “security reasons” and the possibility of a planned escape. In November of the same year, just months after arriving in a prison in the northern Santander department, Fritanga was again transferred – this time to Valledupar – after he attempted to bribe the guards to help him escape.
Fritanga is accused of being a leader of the neo-paramilitary organization “Los Urabeños.” He is wanted in the U.S. for drug trafficking charges and is currently awaiting extradition. Police arrested Fritanga in June 2012 during his wedding celebration on an island near Cartagena which featured celebrity guests and popular music performers.
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