Hélmer Herrera (1951 – 1998), also known as Pacho was a Colombian drug trafficker and the head of distribution and security for the Cali cartel.

Herrera joined the Cali cartel in the early 1980s, and immediately rose to become one of the four leaders of the cartel. By 1986, the cartel leadership trusted him to independently lead negotiations with other drug cartels, such as the Medellín cartel and Guadalajara cartel. His feud with Guadalajara cartel was one of the factors which led to its disintegration in 1989. In the early 1990s, Pacho led the Cali cartel in a war against Pablo Escobar. During the conflict, he financed the Los Pepes death squad which targeted Escobar and his associates. He simultaneously took over Escobar's business in Miami, which eventually led to Escobar's death in 1993. In the meantime, he cultivated strong links with Amado Carrillo Fuentes of the Juárez cartel.

After the fall of Escobar, Herrera led a war against the Cali cartel's former ally, the Norte del Valle cartel. Herrera's life of crime came to an end when he surrendered to General Serrano of the Colombian National Police in 1996. He spent two years in prison, devoting his life to football, before he was eliminated by sicarios sent by the Norte del Valle cartel.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Pacho is the only character to appear in all the seasons of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, having 25 appearances in total.
Season 1
"Camelot"
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"The Plaza System"
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"El Padrino"
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"Rafa, Rafa, Rafa!"
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"The Colombian Connection"
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"La Última Frontera"
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"Jefe de Jefes"
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"Just Say No"
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"811 Lope de Vega"
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"Leyenda"
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Season 2
"Salva El Tigre"
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"Alea Iacta Est"
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"Ruben Zuno Arce"
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"The Big Dig"
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"AFO"
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"El Dedazo"
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"Truth and Reconciliation"
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"Se Cayó El Sistema"
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"Growth, Prosperity, and Liberation"
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"Free Trade"
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