US offers up to $5 million for Peru’s “Artemio” and “Jose”

Isabel Guerra

It’s official: the United States Department of State is offering up to US $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of major drug traffickers, and two Peruvians are on their list: Shining Path leaders Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, aka “Artemio,” and Víctor Quispe Palomino, aka “José.”

The list includes leaders of Colombian guerrilla FARC, such as Guillermo León Sánchez Vargas, aka “Alfonso Cano,” and members of drug cartels from Mexico and Colombia, like Héctor Beltrán-Leyva, head of the Mexican Cartel “Pacifico Sur.”

The Peruvians are included in a section called “Other targets” along with two Asian drug traffickers.

Victor Quispe-Palomino is described as “the current Shining Path leader at the Apurimac-Ene river valley.” The description of Florindo Eleuterio Flores-Hala states that he “is the leader of Shining Path remnants at the Huallaga River.”

Both of them are accused of other illegal activities such as drug trafficking, extorsion, bribing and murder.

Although information related to this had been disclosed several days ago, now it has become official with the posting on the State Department webpage.

The US State Department webpage includes this notice: If you have information and you are outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In the United States, please contact the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in your city.

The full list of people wanted by the Narcotics Reward Program can be seen by clicking this link.

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