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Vicente Castano

Jose Vicente Castano aka El Profe is a Colombian paramilitary former leader of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing Colombian paramilitary organization. After demobilizing he was accused of murdering his brother and former AUC leader Carlos Castano and for his role in narcotics trafficking by both the Colombian government and the government of the United States. In August 2004, the United States formally requested his extradition to the United States. Castano remains, however, a fugitive and is the presumed chief of the 2006 created criminal organization Aguilas Negras made up of former AUC paramilitary members.

Castano was born July 2, 1957 in Amalfi, a small village in the Antioquia Department in central Colombia. He was the sixth among twelve siblings of a family of farmers. When he was 12 years old he dropped out from school to help his father on farming duties. At the age of 18 years old he left the village and went to neighboring Venezuela where he also worked on farming for two years. Back in Colombia, Castano worked with his brother Fidel in many businesses including a pub, gold exchange in Segovia, Antioquia, and farming. They later moved to Medellin where they incurred in the lottery business.

Castano's father died on September 18, 1981 at the hands of the FARC-EP, a leftist rebel organization. The FARC had kidnapped the elder Castano and demanded a ransom of 150 million pesos.

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