Colombia’s national police force has reportedly captured Gustavo Velasquez, alias “El Señor de la Guerra (the Lord of War),” believed to be the primary supplier of long-range guns to the criminal neo-paramilitary organization “Los Urabeños.”
According to authorities, Valesquez’s criminal history spans some 15 years and includes the sale of arms, munitions and explosives — originating from Israel and Russia — to criminal organizations.
Authorities also indicated Valesquez was wanted in connections to a 2004 homicide related to arms trafficking.
Using Colombia’s eastern border with Venezuela as a smuggling route, Valesquez supplied various parties on either side of Colombia’s armed conflict. While Los Urabeños are a right-wing neoparamilitary organization, for example, Velasquez also did business with leftist guerrillas from the EPL rebel group, which operates a small insurgency in the northeastern state of Norte de Santander.
- Capturan al máximo proveedor de armas de ‘Los Urabeños’ (Vanguardia)
- Cae traficante de armas “Señor de la Guerra” en Colombia (Cronica Viva)