Colombia’s Antioquia Military Guard Captures Alleged Drug Gang Leader

By Dialogo
March 19, 2015



Troops with Antioquia's Military Guard partnered with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) and the Attorney General’s Office to capture the alleged leader of the La Esmeralda narcotrafficking gang in Antioquia Department, the Colombian National Army reported on March 7.

The suspect was wanted on charges of manufacturing and possessing narcotics, aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and aggravated conspiracy with the intent to commit extortion. His capture, part of the Sword of Honor III campaign, occurred less than two weeks after the Colombian National Army’s General José María Mantilla Artillery Battalion No. 18 seized 490 kilograms of marijuana that allegedly belonged to the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Arauca.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, which is a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce.

Honduran Army destroys two landing strips used by narcotraffickers


The Honduran Army recently destroyed two clandestine airstrips used by narcotraffickers, raising the total number of strips disabled this year by the country’s security forces to more than 150, José Antonio Coello, a spokesman for National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), said on March 9.

Both were found in the in the Department of Gracias a Dios, which is on Honduras’ Caribbean border with Nicaragua; one was about 1,300 meters long, and the other 900 meters long. Soldiers destroyed them with explosives.

Drug trafficking groups use Honduras as a transshipment point to transport cocaine and other illegal substances from South America to Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States passes through Central America and Mexico, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Honduran security forces made significant progress in the fight against drug trafficking in 2014, seizing more than 40,000 kilograms of narcotics, including about 11,500 kilograms of cocaine, according to the government.

Head of FARC’s 57th Front dies in shootout with Colombian National Army, Police


Colombian National Army Troops and police officers recently killed José David Suárez, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 57th Front in a gun battle. Suárez, who was also known as "Becerro," (calf in Spanish) was wanted for killing dozens of civilians during an attack in 2002.

Becerro died on the bank of the Opogadó River in the Department of Chocó, the Defense Ministry said on March 9.

He was “the main drug dealer in northwestern Colombia” and had been wanted on charges of drug trafficking, terrorism, and attacks on civilians and security forces, according to the statement. He had been in the FARC for 36 years, and oversaw cocaine shipments to Central and North America.

In 2000, Becerro allegedly participated in an attack that killed 21 police officers and eight civilians in the Department of Antioquia, according to the Defense Ministry.


Troops with Antioquia's Military Guard partnered with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) and the Attorney General’s Office to capture the alleged leader of the La Esmeralda narcotrafficking gang in Antioquia Department, the Colombian National Army reported on March 7.

The suspect was wanted on charges of manufacturing and possessing narcotics, aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and aggravated conspiracy with the intent to commit extortion. His capture, part of the Sword of Honor III campaign, occurred less than two weeks after the Colombian National Army’s General José María Mantilla Artillery Battalion No. 18 seized 490 kilograms of marijuana that allegedly belonged to the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the Department of Arauca.

Sword of Honor III is a continuation of Sword of Honor, which is a counterinsurgency effort launched by the Colombian Armed Forces in 2012 to confront and defeat illegal groups nationwide. Under the initiative, Soldiers and Troops combat terrorist attacks, dismantle landmines, and persuade guerrillas to demobilize and enroll in a government program that provides them with training so they can enter the workforce.

Honduran Army destroys two landing strips used by narcotraffickers


The Honduran Army recently destroyed two clandestine airstrips used by narcotraffickers, raising the total number of strips disabled this year by the country’s security forces to more than 150, José Antonio Coello, a spokesman for National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), said on March 9.

Both were found in the in the Department of Gracias a Dios, which is on Honduras’ Caribbean border with Nicaragua; one was about 1,300 meters long, and the other 900 meters long. Soldiers destroyed them with explosives.

Drug trafficking groups use Honduras as a transshipment point to transport cocaine and other illegal substances from South America to Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States passes through Central America and Mexico, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Honduran security forces made significant progress in the fight against drug trafficking in 2014, seizing more than 40,000 kilograms of narcotics, including about 11,500 kilograms of cocaine, according to the government.

Head of FARC’s 57th Front dies in shootout with Colombian National Army, Police


Colombian National Army Troops and police officers recently killed José David Suárez, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 57th Front in a gun battle. Suárez, who was also known as "Becerro," (calf in Spanish) was wanted for killing dozens of civilians during an attack in 2002.

Becerro died on the bank of the Opogadó River in the Department of Chocó, the Defense Ministry said on March 9.

He was “the main drug dealer in northwestern Colombia” and had been wanted on charges of drug trafficking, terrorism, and attacks on civilians and security forces, according to the statement. He had been in the FARC for 36 years, and oversaw cocaine shipments to Central and North America.

In 2000, Becerro allegedly participated in an attack that killed 21 police officers and eight civilians in the Department of Antioquia, according to the Defense Ministry.
In Colombia, all of the business oligarchy grows marijuana and that is where their great wealth is from. Because there is no data on large plantings of vegetables, bananas, oranges, yucca, corn, beans, green beans, etc. etc.
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