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Friday, April 14, 2023

ELN Leader Wilver Villegas-Palomino "El Puerco" Added to FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitive's List

 "Socalj" for Borderland Beat

FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke about a fugitive hunt Friday during a news conference with Houston media. "Today, I’m announcing a fugitive the Houston office has recommended to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list,” Wray said. That man wanted by the FBI is 41-year-old Wilver Villegas-Palomino, also known as El Puerco or “The Pig.”

“Palomino works for the narco-terrorist group ELN in Colombia,” Wray said. There is a $5,000,000 reward for his arrest and/or conviction.

Wilver Villegas-Palomino is a ranking member of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and is wanted for drug-trafficking activities for the ELN Northeastern War Front in the Catatumbo region of Colombia and in Venezuela. 

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Villegas-Palomino in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, on February 13, 2020, after he was charged with narco-terrorism, international cocaine distribution conspiracy, and international cocaine distribution. 

The feds said ELN as a whole controls more than 80% of the cocaine originating in Catatumbo, Colombia that flows into the United States. Around 250 tons per year. "He’s also involved in kidnapping, money laundering, weapons trafficking and even ordering assassinations,” Wray said.

The FBI’s Houston office helped build a case against Palomino and four co-defendants based on, among other things, criminal activity here directly tied to him.

"What ELN does, which is trafficking narcotics and violence, bleeds into Houston,” said FBI Houston special agent in charge James Smith. Smith said possible leads on Palomino’s current whereabouts could come from near or far.

"Whether it be here in the Houston area or the U.S. or down in Colombia, they see him every day,” said Smith. The FBI said getting Palomino into custody would have an impact on a major international criminal enterprise.

The United States Department of State's Narcotics Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Wilver Villegas-Palomino.

It should be noted that none of the major cartel kingpins in Mexico are on the list as they are largely investigated by the DEA and Department of Treasury. The FBI however goes after narco-terrorism and organized crime as well as fugitives.

There are two other narco-trafficking figures listed on the Top 10.

Yulan Adonay Archaga Carias, the alleged leader of MS-13 for all of Honduras has a $5,000,000 reward for his capture.

Jose Rodolfo Villarreal-Hernandez "El Gato" of the Beltran-Leyva Organization for ordering the killing of a man in South Lake, Texas in 2013. He was arrested earlier this year in Mexico, and remains on the list as 'Captured'.

Sources FBI, KHOU 11


  1. “Wilver” ah pinche nombresito no es Wilbur como el puerco de Charlotte’s Web. Pinches cerotes mas nacos que los chilangos fresas!

  2. MS-13... Is No longer MS-13... They dropped the 13....They Have a greenlight on them From EmE... They have a war going on in the Prison system and it's already hitting the streets. Check it out . It's pretty interesting. In fact a lot of Gangs are starting go independent... Because they are Done with paying taxes to People they don't Even know

    1. Any SoCal set that still gets taxed by eme are some hoe ass mfs in my book. MS foos said fuck them not the other way around

  3. @11:43am What's going to happen when the tax-dodgers hit the main yard at San Quentin? Are they going to band with other Southsider tax-dodgers and defy the MM? Seems like the brown car is splintering into factions that will get eaten alive by the Black Guerilla family.
    The polar bears don't want that smoke and will sit on the sidelines and let the brown people cannibalize each other.

    1. A lot of dropouts and POS don't and can't be involved any longer with SUR or Norte but here's the kicker, eMe and NF no longer beef in CDCR. It's all about respect and not getting outmaneuvered. The gangs will remain while theirs youths that can be impressed to join. I'm sure you've seen "The Wire" even if that show was more about the drugs, killings and politics.

  4. 11:43 ? Sources!! Check it out where??


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