BiographyHoracio Carrillo was the first head of the Colombian national police's Search Bloc unit in 1980s with the assistance of the United States. Carrillo's task was to hunt down and bring to justice the infamous narcos, the drug barons that were more dangerous than any rebel group in the country. He consistently cooperated with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Drug Enforcement Agency, who used spy planes to pick up conversations from satellite phones and identify the callers, allowing them to track down drug barons.
On many occasions, the Search Bloc would go into Cartel-held territory guns blazing and massacre cartel members, such as the 1989 La Dispensaria raid on the Modelia barrio in Bogota. Carrillo himself led raids such as La Dispensaria, the Tolu raid, and the Copacabana farm raid, but the accidental killing of hostage Diana Turbay in the last raid led to President Cesar Gaviria accepting Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel's offer of a "surrender," in which Escobar could be "imprisoned" in a new villa that he built. In addition, the Colombian government struck down extradition in 1991, and Search Bloc was disbanded due to Carrillo's rough play style. Carrillo was posted to Spain, ending his war with Escobar temporarily.
In 1992, following the deaths of eleven policemen in a grenade and gun attack on a police station in Medellin, Carrillo replaced Colonel Pinzon as the leader of Search Bloc, returning to Colombia. Carrillo was the only man Escobar feared, and he marked his return by leading 100 men into the Barrio Escobar to urinate on an Escobar mural. He also rounded up the young spotters that Escobar employed to report on the movements of the army in Medellin, executing a feisty one to make a point. A great success would follow with a raid on the largest of the late Gerardo Moncada's labs, arresting Escobar's sicario "Gato". Later, Carrillo would throw "Gato" out of a helicopter when he refused to give information on Escobar, and Carrillo became infamous once more. An interview with one of the captured child spotters by Valeria Velez led to Carrillo having negative publicity, as he was portrayed as a child-killer and an American puppet.