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The Extraditables

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The Extraditables was an organization created by Colombian drug lords in the early 1980s. Their motto was: "We prefer a grave in Colombia to a prison in the United States."

The aim of the group was to intimidate the Colombian government into banning extradition at the constitutional level (Colombia had a treaty of extradition with the United States) and they wanted to manipulate Colombian society into supporting their goal. Initially, the group simply published newspaper adverts in which they defended their position, and influenced political parties to speak in favour of their goals. However, over time their actions escalated into a war between the state and the drug cartel, with violent acts committed against politicians and members of law enforcement.

Its members were largely drawn from the Medellin Cartel and others linked to the drug trafficking racket. Its principal leaders were:

  • Pablo Escobar Gaviria, who was killed in 1993 on the roof of a house in Medellin.
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, who was killed by Colombian military personnel by a bullet to the face in 1989.
  • Fabio Ochoa Vásquez, sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the United States.
  • References

    The Extraditables Wikipedia