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Judi Lynn

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 04:44 PM Jun 2020

The narco history of Colombia's security forces Part 2: Medellin

by Adriaan Alsema June 29, 2020

The Medellin Police Department and Colombia’s 4th Army Brigade played a key role in the Medellin Cartel and the formation of what is now known as the Oficina de Envigado.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, when Colombian marijuana was in fashion in the United States, the so-called “gentleman of drugs,” including Pablo Escobar, were considered respectable businessmen who received support from the local police department and the 4th Brigade.

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The paramilitary origins of the Medellin mafia
Medellin’s current crime syndicate, the Oficina de Envigado, originates from the Security and Control Department (DSC) and the Civilian Order Department (DOC).

The DSC from Envigado and the DOC from Medellin were formed in 1968, and gained force under Escobar with the support of police and mayors in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

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Fortunately for the Medellin mafia, the AUC terrorized Colombia to vote Uribe president, allowing Berna and La Oficina to run Medellin together with then-4th Brigade commander General Mario Montoya and the local Police.


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