Colombia Neutralizes 3 Criminal Leaders

Colombia Neutralizes 3 Criminal Leaders

By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo
January 13, 2021

The Colombian Military Forces General Command (CGFM, in Spanish) told the press on November 25, 2020, that the Army had neutralized Marco Tulio Salcedo, alias Duver, chief financial officer of the Miller Perdomo criminal group, in Solano municipality, Caquetá department.

“This individual was allegedly […] in charge of extortions and kidnappings; illegal financing of narcotrafficking products; recruitment, especially of minors; mass organization; attacks against military bases; [and] trafficking and commercialization of materiel to strengthen finances,” the CGFM indicated.

In another operation reported on November 20, the Colombian Army captured alias Álvaro Boyaco, leader of the gangs that operate in the country’s east and right-hand man of Gentil Duarte, a dissident commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) who left the peace process to lead a criminal group and control narcotrafficking routes in the southeast of Colombia. The capture took place after an exchange of fire between service members and the Jorge Briceño Suárez group, a FARC dissident criminal group, in La Macarena municipality, Meta state.

The leader of the Boyaco hitmen, Carlos Andrés Cortes Polania, alias Fercho, whose criminal history included more than five years with the criminal group, died in the fight.

“This criminal [alias Boyaco] had been shown on a most wanted poster in the Orinoquía y Llanos Orientales region,” Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo said via YouTube.

“This criminal, Alvaro Boyaco, had murdered 11 people: 10 soldiers and police officers who died in a fierce battle, and one person reinserted,” Colombian Attorney General Francisco Barbosa said on the official website on November 20.