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Peruvian Drug Trafficker Captured in Ecuador

LIMA – A suspected Peruvian drug trafficker was arrested by the Peruvian National Police in neighboring Ecuador, police said.

Gerald Oropeza Lopez, who faces drug charges in Peru, was captured on Saturday, the Peruvian National Police said in a statement.

Oropeza was located in Ecuador as a result of extensive intelligence work and was arrested with the assistance of Ecuadorian authorities.

“We are grateful to the Ecuadorian police and its authorities for their cooperation,” the Peruvian National Police said in the brief statement.

Oropeza, who had been on the run for four months, made headlines when his Porsche was attacked with explosives in February.

One of the drug trafficker’s associates was killed several days after the bombing and police confirmed that Oropeza, who was known as Tony Montana after the main character in the 1983 cult film “Scarface,” was the leader of a gang that smuggled drugs into Italy and other countries.

Oropeza had a flashy lifestyle and had been living in a house seized by the government.

The Supreme Court approved an extradition request earlier this month for Brian Martin Camps Gutierrez, a suspected member of the Oropeza organization who allegedly coordinated the smuggling of drug shipments into Italy.

 

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