Colombian President to Focus Counter-narcotics Fight on 6 Departments

By Dialogo
May 05, 2015



Colombia’s Armed Forces and National Police will combat narcotrafficking and organized crime groups by focusing on the country's six most-impacted departments, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a meeting with the National Security Council and high-ranking military officials.

"So far in 2015, we reduced the actions of organized crime by 50 percent, nearly 30 heads or leaders have been arrested and more than 420 of its members have been captured."

Santos said the recent arrests of 79 alleged members of Clan Úsuga, one of the country’s most powerful narcotrafficking organizations, shows he’s continued to make fighting crime a priority. He also predicted there will be “many more” captures in the near future.

According to the plan, the government will bolster forces in Acandí and Unguía in the Department of Chocó; Necoclí, Turbo, and San Pedro de Urabá in the Department of Antioquia; Montelíbano and Tierralta in the Department of Córdoba; Achí in the Department of Bolívar; Tibú in the Department of Norte de Santander; and Mapiripán in the Department of Meta.

In March, Santos deployed a total of 1,200 Military Troops and National Police Officers along with around 20 Black Hawk helicopters to the country’s northwestern region as part of Operation “Toma Masiva del Urabá," aimed at capturing members of Clan Úsuga.

The operation is utilizing Neptuno Task Force, which combines 12 existing Task Forces and is made up of members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and National Police.


Colombia’s Armed Forces and National Police will combat narcotrafficking and organized crime groups by focusing on the country's six most-impacted departments, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a meeting with the National Security Council and high-ranking military officials.

"So far in 2015, we reduced the actions of organized crime by 50 percent, nearly 30 heads or leaders have been arrested and more than 420 of its members have been captured."

Santos said the recent arrests of 79 alleged members of Clan Úsuga, one of the country’s most powerful narcotrafficking organizations, shows he’s continued to make fighting crime a priority. He also predicted there will be “many more” captures in the near future.

According to the plan, the government will bolster forces in Acandí and Unguía in the Department of Chocó; Necoclí, Turbo, and San Pedro de Urabá in the Department of Antioquia; Montelíbano and Tierralta in the Department of Córdoba; Achí in the Department of Bolívar; Tibú in the Department of Norte de Santander; and Mapiripán in the Department of Meta.

In March, Santos deployed a total of 1,200 Military Troops and National Police Officers along with around 20 Black Hawk helicopters to the country’s northwestern region as part of Operation “Toma Masiva del Urabá," aimed at capturing members of Clan Úsuga.

The operation is utilizing Neptuno Task Force, which combines 12 existing Task Forces and is made up of members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and National Police.
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