Wednesday 16 June 2021

Blow to Colombian Drug Cartel

It’s called the “balloon effect” – as Colombia and Mexico put the squeeze on drug cartels at their ends, the bad guys flow to the area of least resistance, Central America. Image for illustrative purposes

TODAY COLOMBIA (AFP) BOGOTA – Authorities have arrested 15 people believed to be part of Colombia’s dominant Gulf Cartel, prosecutors said Saturday.

The suspects — 12 adults and three minors — were arrested in the northwestern town of Docordo, in the Choco region, the national organized crime prosecutor’s office said.

The group is alleged to have kidnapped brothers Damiro Cardenas Victoria and Anselmo Cardenas Victoria whose bodies were found April 19.

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The adults are being held pending trial, and the minors were handed over to family and children’s authorities.

Meanwhile, police shot dead “el Zorro,” a supposed leader of the same cartel, in the town of Barbacoas, Narino, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Gulf Cartel was formed by paramilitary fighters who demobilized in 2006. They have been involved in drug trafficking, illegal mining and petty crime.

Colombia is the world’s top producer of coca leaf, the raw material from which cocaine is made.

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Article originally appeared on Today Colombia and is republished here with permission.

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