Narcotics Rewards Program: Pedro Antonio Marin

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

DECEASED

Pedro Antonio Marin

Also known as "Manuel MARULANDA-Velez," also known as "Tirofijo"
Date of Birth: May 13, 1930
Place of Birth: Genova, Quindio, Colombia
Height: 5’6", Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Brown, Hair: Black

The FARC is a foreign terrorist organization in Colombia that was established in 1964 with a Marxist philosophy and the declared intent to overthrow the democratic Colombian government. The FARC is Latin America's oldest, largest, most capable and best-equipped insurgency -- with perhaps 12,000 fighters and thousands of supporters, mostly in rural areas. In addition to its attacks on Colombian military, political and economic targets, the FARC's various fronts are deeply involved in narcotics trafficking, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, murder and other criminal activities.

Pedro Antonio MARIN, also known as "Manuel MARULANDA-Velez," also known as "Tirofijo," was the founder of the FARC and Head of Secretariat, and as such was responsible for overseeing all meetings of the Secretariat and Estado Mayor. He was the ultimate decision maker who decided to approve the FARC’s expanded efforts into cocaine trafficking and set the FARC’s cocaine policies directing and controlling (i) the production, manufacture, and distribution of hundreds of tons of cocaine to the United States and the world; (ii) the "taxation" of the drug trade in Colombia to raise funds for the FARC; and, (iii) the murder of hundreds of people who violated or interfered with the FARC’s cocaine policies. It is believed that Antonio Marin died of natural causes in May 2008.