Ecuadorian authorities delivered on Monday Colombian drug trafficker and an alleged leader of the criminal gang “La Cordillera,” Jhon Jairo Vasco Lopez, to their Colombian counterparts, Caracol Radio reported.
Vasco, alias “Nico,” will be transferred to a courthouse in Bogota later today to answer questions relating to the alleged crimes of drug trafficking and multiple homicides he is said to have committed.
Nico was arrested in the Jose Joaquín de Olmedo International airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Wednesday April 20 while carrying false documents. He had apparently been living in an apartment in the Ecuadorian town of Cuenca for a year and a half, where he had been running a drug trafficking network.
Initial reports suggest that Nico is the second-in-command of La Cordillera, with the group’s head, “Niño Fabian,” having also been arrested early last month.
Nico, who is also said to have been part of the now demobilized paramilitary group the AUC, having worked under the command of “Macaco” in the Central Bolivar Bloc, was originally arrested by Colombian police in March 2009, but later released due to procedural mistakes during the arrest.