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Diego Rastrojo after his capture in 2012

US Court Sentences Rastrojos Founder to 30 Years In Prison

A US federal court has sentenced Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo" -- a former top leader of Colombia's Rastrojos criminal organization -- to 30 years in prison, closing yet another chapter for the greatly diminished crime syndicate.

Alias "Diego Rastrojo" leaving Colombia

Diego Rastrojo Extradited from Colombia: The End of the Rastrojos?

The extradition to the United States of the founder of the Rastrojos, at one time Colombia's most powerful criminal syndicate, signals the end of the group and the triumph of their rivals, the Urabeños.

"Diego Rastrojo," captured head of the Rastrojos

Colombian Drug Gang the Rastrojos Face US Sanctions

The US government has placed sanctions on Colombian drug gang the Rastrojos, including one of its top leaders who was captured last year, suggesting the United States is preparing to target the weakened group’s financial assets.   

Colombia Captures Last High-Profile Rastrojos Leader

The capture of the only remaining leader signaled as a possible inheritor of the Rastrojos is another sign that the Colombian drug trafficking organization may be on the verge of unraveling. 

Rastrojos members demobilize in La Sonora

Rastrojos Downfall Appears Imminent After Latest Demobilization

With the demobilization of 17 fighters in Valle del Cauca and hundreds more possibly to surrender, there are indications that the Rastrojos drug gang, once Colombia's most powerful, is imploding after the surrender and capture of top leaders.

Diego Rastrojo was captured in Venezuela in June 2012

Rastrojos Leader Running Gang from Prison: Report

A captured leader of the Rastrojos drug gang, "Diego Rastrojo," is reportedly still running the gang's illegal activities from the prison where he is awaiting extradition to the US, relying on corrupt officials for access to the outside world.

Venezuela Extradites Captured Rastrojos Leader to Colombia

Venezuela extradited the military leader of drug trafficking organization the Rastrojos to his native Colombia, though it is not yet clear whether he will be extradited to the US to face drug trafficking charges.

Mafia War Feared in Cali, as Rastrojos Face New Competition

A spike of killings in Cali is raising concern that the city is descending into a new spiral of mafia-related violence. There are signs that the most powerful criminal empire in the region, the Rastrojos, is fighting a rival group receiving backing from the Urabeños, who rule Colombia's northern coast.

RawFeed: U.S. Creates Unit to Prosecute Colombian BACRIMs

In a signal of the growing power of Colombia's drug-trafficking criminal bands, or BACRIMs, the Miami Attorney General's Office has created a new prosecution unit dedicated to investigating groups like the Rastrojos.

Will ‘Diego Rastrojo’ Be the Next to Fall?

Colombian media reported that authorities in Venezuela had detained Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo," a top commander of one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in Colombia. The reports were false but beg the question: will Perez be the next to fall?

Diego Rastrojo

Diego Perez Henao, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo’

Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo," was the military head of the Rastrojos, a criminal syndicate whose reach stretches across Colombia, and into Ecuador and Venezuela. He was captured in Venezuela in June 2012, extradited to the US in August 2013, and handed a 30 year sentence by a US federal court one year later.


The Rastrojos were born out of the powerful Norte del Valle drug cartel and rose to become one of the most powerful transnational criminal syndicates in Colombia, until their top leadership surrendered or was captured in 2012.