Narcotics Rewards Program: Victor Quispe Palomino
ALIASES: “Jose”, “Martin”, “Ivan”
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
Founded in 1970 on Communist ideology, the Sendero Luminoso (also known as the ‘Partido Comunista del Peru’) in the 1980s became a notoriously violent terrorist group that controlled large areas of Peru and struck the capital Lima with repeated violent attacks. Following a Government of Peru crackdown in the 1990s, Sendero Luminoso was reduced to only a few hundred rebels confined largely to Peru’s remote coca-producing areas. This weakened Sendero splintered in 2001. At present, two armed Sendero groups remain operating, largely independent of each other, in Peru’s two largest cocaine production zones – the Upper Huallaga Valley and in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE). Both current factions participate in cocaine trafficking in these areas and engage in violent attacks against Peruvian security forces.
Victor Quispe-Palomino is the current leader of the Sendero remnants based in the VRAE, and oversees all of its illicit activities. These activities include extortion, murder, and drug trafficking. The drug trafficking activities of this faction of Sendero include taxes/extortion payments charged to local drug traffickers in exchange for security of cocaine labs and cocaine shipments made throughout the VRAE. Furthermore, currently Sendero owns several coca plots and cocaine base laboratories in the VRAE. This faction is also notorious for engaging in well-coordinated and extremely violent attacks against against Peruvian National Police and Peruvian military personnel.
The U.S. Department of State is currently offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of VICTOR QUISPE-PALOMINO.