NAME: Wilver Villegas Palomino
ALIASES: Carlos El Puerco
DOB: October 21, 1981
POB: Curumani, Colombia
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
SCARS, TATTOOS, OR MARKS: Unknown
Wilver Villegas Palomino has been a high-ranking member of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN- National Liberation Army) in Colombia since approximately 2000 as the chief of drug trafficking for the ELN Northeastern War Front (ELN-NEWF). Villegas is also the commander of the Magdalena area of the ELN-NEWF and oversees and approves all drug trafficking in his area of control. Villegas Palomino utilizes proceeds from drug trafficking to carry out ELN-NEWF terrorist and political activities by channeling drug trafficking proceeds to the ELN Central Command in Venezuela.
Villegas Palomino and his subordinate ELN fronts and hamlets are responsible for a variety of assignments, including overseeing the production and collection of coca base paste and clandestine production in laboratories in the Catatumbo Region of Colombia and Venezuela.
Villegas Palomino was charged on February 12, 2020, in a Southern District of Texas federal indictment with narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine, and international cocaine distribution, all in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. 960a, 963, 959a. According to the indictment, Villegas-Palomino and his codefendants were involved in an ongoing 20-year conspiracy to distribute cocaine from Colombia to the United States knowing or intending to provide pecuniary support to the ELN.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Wilver Villegas Palomino, a/k/a “Carlos El Puerco.” Villegas Palomino is also a most wanted fugitive of the Colombian Department of Norte de Santander, with an additional reward offer of 50 million Colombian pesos.
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