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Salvatore Mancuso

Salvatore Mancuso Gomez, also known as "el Mono Mancuso","Santander Lozada" or "Triple Cero", among other names is a Colombian paramilitary leader, once second in command of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitary group. The paramilitary groups commanded by Mancuso fought the guerrillas , and financed their activities by receiving donations from land owners, drug trafficking, extortions and robbery.

The AUC committed numerous atrocities and massacres against pressumed guerrilla members and the civilian population. Mancuso was initially jailed in a Maximum Security Prison in Itagui, Antioquia after a peace process that led to his demobilization and then transferred to a prison in the city of Cucuta to from there help identify victims whereabouts. In a surprise move by the Colombian government, Mancuso, together with 13 other top members of the AUC was extradited to the United States to stand trial on drug trafficking charges.

Mancuso was born in Monteria, the provincial capital of Cordoba Department. In the northern Colombian Caribbean Region. His father an Italian immigrant and his mother a Monteria native. He is the second of six children. He studied civil engineering in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and later farming administration in the Escuela de Formacion Tecnica Agricola in Bogota. He also studied English at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Related websites

Extradition Cut Short

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Reuters: Colombia warlord says drug trade allowed to thrive

Official announcement of Salvatore Mancuso trial

Official Site of Salvatore Mancuso

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