Five Dead in Drug Trafficking Ring in Bogotá

By Dialogo
January 08, 2013

Five men died during a fight between members of the same drug trafficking clan on January 6, in a restaurant located in northern Bogotá, the police reported.

“The five dead men have criminal records and are recognized members of a gang called ‘Los Pascuales,’ involved in drug micro-trafficking, theft, murder,” a press member of Bogotá’s Metropolitan Police told AFP.

“We don’t know how many people were in the restaurant, but due to certain disagreements, they confronted and opened fire against each other, probably for the territorial domination of the area,” he explained.
The dead belong to the same family and most of them are cousins in different degrees. Among them was group leader Pascual Guerrero, the source added.

Bogotá, a city with almost seven million people, reduced its murder rate by 23 percent in 2012, compared to 2011.

In 2012, the Colombian capital registered a total of 1,281 homicides with a rate of 16.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest level since 1985, according to the town hall office on January 5.