Dissident rebel leader, Carlos Arturo Landázuri, known as ‘ El Gringo,’ was extradited by the Ecuadorian authorities to Colombia.
‘El Gringo’ was the leader of the Oliver Sinisterra Front, a group of dissident former rebels from the now largely demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC). The Colombian and Ecuadorian governments confirmed the extradition of Landázuri.
‘El Gringo’ was handed over to the judicial authorities of Colombia, including the regional director of the Prosecutor’s Office of Nariño.
Landázuri, born on July 31, 1994, in Landázuri, Ecuador, took over the reins of the Oliver Sinisterra Front after the demise of alias “Guacho” in December 2018. Known also as ‘Comandante Gringo’ or ‘Fabián,’ he was a subject of an Interpol red notice, highlighting concerns about his potential for suicide.
Capture and Background
Landázuri was captured during a raid in Imbabura province, in the northern Andes of Ecuador, as part of a three-month-long police investigation. He was then handed over to the Colombian police at the Rumichaca border bridge.
The Oliver Sinisterra Front, known for the murder of three members of the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio in 2018, operates in the border region between the Colombian department of Nariño and the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This group is linked to a criminal gang, now classified as terrorist by the government, and is involved in cocaine production.
This operation highlights the collaborative efforts between Ecuador and Colombia in tackling cross-border criminal activities. The arrest and extradition of ‘El Gringo’ highlight the ongoing challenges in the region, particularly in the areas of drug trafficking and the presence of armed groups. The cooperation between Ecuador and Colombia is vital for ensuring security and stability, especially in the border regions where such groups are active.