NAME: Victor Quispe-Palomino
ALIASES: “Jose,” “Martin,” “Ivan”
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
SCARS, TATTOOS, OR MARKS: Unknown
Victor Quispe-Palomino is allegedly a member of the Sendero Luminoso (also known as the ‘Partido Comunista del Peru’). Founded in 1970 on Communist ideology, the Sendero Luminoso eru’) became a notoriously violent terrorist group that controlled large areas of Peru and struck the capital Lima with repeated violent attacks in the 1980’s. Following a Government of Peru crackdown in the 1990’s, Sendero Luminoso was reduced to only a few hundred rebels confined largely to Peru’s remote coca-producing areas. This weakened Sendero splintered in 2001. Two armed Sendero groups remained operating, largely independent of each other, in Peru’s two largest cocaine production zones – the Upper Huallaga Valley and in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE). Both current factions participate in cocaine trafficking and engage in violent attacks against Peruvian security forces.
Quispe-Palomino is allegedly the leader of the Sendero remnants based in the VRAE and oversees all of its illicit activities, including extortion, murder, and drug trafficking. The drug trafficking activities of this faction of Sendero include taxes/extortion payments charged to local drug traffickers in exchange for security of cocaine labs and cocaine shipments made throughout the VRAE. Furthermore, currently Sendero owns several coca plots and cocaine base laboratories in the VRAE. This faction is also notorious for engaging in well-coordinated and extremely violent attacks against Peruvian National Police and Peruvian military personnel.
The United States Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Victor Quispe-Palomino.
If you have information and are located outside of the United States, please contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate. If in the United States, please contact the local Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in your city. Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.
ALL IDENTITIES ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.