The story of the “Bolivian Pablo Escobar” who fell in Colombia in a DEA operation

Omar Rojas Echeverría, the “Bolivian Pablo Escobar” (Photo: Colombian National Police)

Omar Rojas Echeverria, a former Bolivian police major considered the “Pablo Escobar from Bolivia” due to the amount of drugs he trafficked and his links with the high spheres of power in the Andean country, it will be extradited to the United States after being detained in Colombia in an operation coordinated by the US anti-drug agency (DEA), as reported this weekend by Colombian media.

Rojas Echeverría had been arrested in March 2021 in Colombia, accused of ship at least 100 tons of cocaine and arms to the United Statesrevealed on Saturday the Colombian magazine Week, citing information from the DEA.

According to DEA information revealed by Week, Rojas Echeverría was considered one of the largest cocaine traffickers in the region and leader of an extensive network that had links in Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico Y U.S.

According to the Colombian media, to identify those involved in this organization, it was key is the statement of an informant who had worked in the anti-drug agency and had a long-standing relationship with Rojas Echeverría. The findings They required months of investigation among the Colombian Anti-Narcotics Police and the authorities of neighboring countries that acted together and with the support of the DEA.

From police to drug dealer

The investigation found that Rojas Echeverría had contacts in the Bolivian anti-narcotics agency And in the higher echelons of the Government of your country, which would explain like an unknown ex-mayor of the Bolivian police, who deserted the force in 2014, In just a few years he managed to become one of the most important drug traffickers in the region.

Jorge Roca Suárez, a former partner of Pablo Escobar, captured in Peru, also fell in the operation;  Roberto Moisés Banzer, Jheyson Montaño Fernández, Rómulo Ramírez Rodríguez and César Omar Cuéllar Pérez (Photo: National Police of Colombia)
Jorge Roca Suárez, a former partner of Pablo Escobar, captured in Peru, also fell in the operation; Roberto Moisés Banzer, Jheyson Montaño Fernández, Rómulo Ramírez Rodríguez and César Omar Cuéllar Pérez (Photo: National Police of Colombia)

The DEA report revealed that the former director of the Bolivian Anti-Drug Agency (who was not identified) along with Rojas Echeverría, who had held a high position in said entity, “They used their official positions and connections to gain access to Bolivian airfields in order to facilitate cocaine shipments in large quantities.”

It should also be noted that Rojas Echeverría’s brother, Alexander Rojas, it was until last year Inspector General of the Bolivian Police, the third position in hierarchy of this institution.

According to the DEA, using his knowledge and contacts, Rojas Echeverría became the person in charge of coordinate the movement of high-end aircraft loaded with drugs that left from clandestine tracks in the department of Me, in the north of Bolivia, towards Central America with final destination to the United States.

As stated in the DEA documents obtained by Week, to achieve your goal Rojas Echeverría “hired” officials from the Bolivian and Peruvian air control authorities to turn a blind eye and they allowed the aircraft to be loaded with cocaine and to leave without any inconvenience.

Investigations indicate that in order to organize this network in Bolivia, Rojas Echeverría also had the protection of the forces of order in operations that would go back to the beginning of 2019 and the end of 2020, when it was dismantled in the transition period between Government of Evo Morales Y Jeanine Áñez. The US authorities are still trying to pinpoint these links.

The figure of Juan Roca Suarez, better known as “Thatched roof”, a famous Bolivian narco who did business with the Medellin cartel by Escobar in the 1990s and was arrested in the same operation, called “Operation Andes”, which led to the capture of Rojas Echeverría.

Jorge Roca Suárez, called Techo de paja, also fell in Colombia along with Rojas.  (Photo: Colombian National Police)
Jorge Roca Suárez, called Techo de paja, also fell in Colombia along with Rojas. (Photo: Colombian National Police)

Roberto Moisés Banzer, Jheyson Montaño Fernández, Rómulo Ramírez Rodríguez and César Omar Cuéllar Pérez also fell in the same operation.

The research also found that Rojas Echeverría received weapons that as part of the payment for shipments, and that it sent these weapons to the United States and some of its partners in the countries of the region, such as Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.

Rojas Echeverría will now be shipped to the United States where you must answer for drug and firearms trafficking crimes before the court of the Southern District of New York.

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