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2012-04-19

One of Leading Colombian Drug Bosses Turns Himself in to DEA

Javier Antonio Calle Serna is the leader of the criminal group “Los Rastrojos” and a former principal member of the Norte del Valle cartel. He is allegedly responsible for financing the dispatch and coordination of multi-ton cocaine shipments via speedboats, fishing vessels, and self-propelled semi-submersibles to Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Department of State)

Javier Antonio Calle Serna is the leader of the criminal group “Los Rastrojos” and a former principal member of the Norte del Valle cartel. He is allegedly responsible for financing the dispatch and coordination of multi-ton cocaine shipments via speedboats, fishing vessels, and self-propelled semi-submersibles to Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Department of State)

AFP

Javier Antonio Calle Serna, considered the leader of the ‘Los Rastrojos’ [The Stubble] drug-trafficking organization, has turned himself in to agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Colombian media and a source at that country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on April 17.

Calle Serna “has been negotiating his surrender for more than a year, and it has been established that this man reached agreement with the DEA and turned himself in a few minutes ago, in the United States,” broadcaster RCN Radio reported, citing the Colombian police as a source.

A spokesperson for the Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to AFP the alleged drug trafficker’s surrender to the DEA, but noted that it took place in Panama.

Calle Serna and his brother Luis Enrique formed a clan known as ‘Los Comba’ (combatants) and were considered the highest-ranking leaders of Los Rastrojos, one of the leading Colombian drug-trafficking groups.

RCN reported that Calle Serna “is suspected of being one of the top exporters of drugs from Colombia to Central America, the United States, and Europe.”

Another Calle Serna brother, Juan Carlos, was arrested in Ecuador in mid March and subsequently turned over to Colombia.

The authorities accuse Los Rastrojos of ties with the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, as well as of protecting the Costa Rican citizen Alejandro Jiménez (alias Palidejo), who was arrested in Colombia in March for the murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral last year.

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