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Leader of Gangs of Former Paramilitaries and Drug Traffickers Arrested in Colombia

By Dialogo
March 24, 2011

The news is a snapshot of political events in Colombia: Army-DAS linked and right hand with the paramilitaries. The first created "false positives" where hundreds of youths were executed with false promises of employment and presented to the public as insurgents. The second gave the list and addresses of unionists to the paramilitaries. Thousands were killed in the last 15 years. The “narcoparapolítica” has about 120 mayors, governors, mayors, deputies and senators behind bars for violence to gain power. In the era of the Uribe Vélez the “narcoparapolítica” gets to the top of institutional violence. Greetings Juan Mogollon
The Colombian police has arrested Jheyson Jhon Jaraba, prominent as the leader of the two most dangerous gangs of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers active in the department of Córdoba (in northern Colombia), a statement by the institution announced on 22 March.

Jaraba, twenty-eight years old, better known by the aliases of ‘Yeison’ and ‘Yeyé,’ is the highest-ranking leader of the criminal gangs of Los Paisas and Los Rastrojos [The Stubble] in Córdoba and was arrested in the town of Planeta Rica, in that department.

The Colombian authorities were offering a reward of 250 million pesos (around 130,000 dollars) for information leading to his arrest.
President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the police for the arrest, in a message posted on his Twitter account.

These criminal gangs are made up mostly of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers and are considered “the greatest threat to Colombians’ security” by the director of the police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo.

The authorities have identified the gangs of Los Rastrojos, Los Urabeños, Las Aguilas Negras [The Black Eagles], Los Paisas, the Anti-subversive Popular Revolutionary Army (ERPAC), and the Envigado Office, among the most important and most violent ones.

According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz, a private NGO), these criminal gangs have expanded in the last three years, are active in 360 municipalities, out of a total of 1,104, and have between 8,200 and 14,500 members.

These groups are believed to have inherited the structures of the United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC, extreme right-wing), which held peace negotiations between 2003 and 2006 with the administration of Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who granted them favorable treatment in court in exchange for confessing their crimes and making reparation to victims.

The AUC fought the leftist guerrillas who have been active in Colombia for almost half a century, and they established ties with the ruling class, to the point that there are currently nearly 120 politicians who have been investigated on account of those links. In 2010, ten former members of Congress were convicted and one acquitted.