The ringleader of criminal organization Dinastía Alayón, a faction of Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua, was arrested in Peru along with 30 other alleged members of that gang, authorities in the South American country reported on October 5.
“Resounding blow to the transnational criminal organization Dinastía Alayón – Tren de Aragua. Thirty one alleged members of this criminal organization have been captured by the Peruvian National Police and 42 nightclubs and properties have been raided,” the Peruvian Police said via X.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Yomar José Delgado Palacios, alias Nino, the alleged leader of the criminal organization, who is under investigation for crimes of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, extortion, kidnapping, and homicide, was arrested in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima’s largest and most populated district, along with Yesmith Adriana Cabargas Castaño, who is under investigation for the same crimes.
The operation, in which more than 68 prosecutors participated, was deployed in several districts of the capital and other regions of the country, including San Martin, Cajamarca, and Arequipa.
Peru’s Public Prosecutor’s Office said that the Dinastía Alayón is a faction of Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua, a criminal group that has been operating in Peru since October 2022 and, which networks extend to Colombia and Chile, according to the prosecutor’s investig
Tren de Aragua is a mega-gang that originated in Venezuela, dedicated, among other criminal activities, to extortion, kidnapping, homicides, drug sales, arms, and human trafficking, and has extended its operations to several Latin American countries, including Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil.
It expanded rapidly between 2020 and 2021, according to Insight Crime, an organization that seeks to deepen the debate on organized crime and citizen security in the Americas.
In early October, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Venezuelan national suspected of being part of Tren de Aragua in El Paso, Texas.
In September, the Nicolás Maduro regime carried out an operation to “dismantle and put an end” to organized crime gangs and criminal networks operating in the Aragua Penitentiary, known as Tocorón, in the state of the same name, in central Venezuela.
For several years, various organizations reported that Hector Rusthenford Guerrero, alias Niño Guerrero, the main leader of the Tren de Aragua, directed operations from Tocorón.
Venezuelan forces reported that at the time of the operation in the prison, Guerrero was in “complete freedom.” He is currently one of the most wanted criminals in the region, with countries on alert for his possible entry.