Undercover ICE Agent’s Life Spared in Colombia When Traffickers Learn of his Identity

Miami Herald

MIAMI — Luis Angel Ortiz was being driven to a party in Medellín when the car came to a halt and a man in the back seat put a gun to his head.

Time to pay up, Ortiz was told.

The threat came from the chief of a Medellín drug trafficking gang.

So began a 48-hour drama in Colombia that kept Ortiz — a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who had infiltrated the gang — teetering on the edge of death.

But Ortiz escaped execution when his captors discovered that he was an American antidrug agent.

According to Ortiz’s account to the FBI, his kidnappers panicked, apologized — and even surrendered a firearm while they asked him not to expose them, according to an FBI report obtained by El Nuevo Herald.

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