Alias “Pichi” is suspected to have ordered the killing of nine — including three other alleged top criminals — in December in Envigado, a town bordering Medellin to the south.
Additionally, Medellin authorities accused the arrested suspect of ordering the assassination of two counter-narcotics agents in Colombia’s second largest city in July last year.
Following his arrest, Colombian authorities said that Pichi had taken over the control of the loosely organized crime syndicate after the arrest of its former leader “Sebastian” last year.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated Colombia’s National Police on Pichi’s arrest via Twitter, calling the successful joint operation of Panamanian and Colombian authorities “a good hit.”
Felicitaciones a la Policía por la captura en Panamá de alias Pichi, el sucesor de Sebastián en la oficina de Envigado. BUEN GOLPE!!
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) February 10, 2013
Santos went on to thank Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli for his country’s help in the arrest in the capital, Panama City.
PROFILE: Oficina de Envigado