One of Colombia’s Leading Drug Bosses Turns Himself in to DEA
By Dialogo May 09, 2012
Following months of negotiation, Colombian drug boss Javier Calle Serna turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 4, on the island of Aruba, the Colombian police announced.
Calle Serna, also known under the alias of “El Doctor” [The Doctor], and his brother Luis Enrique formed a clan known as “Los Comba” (combatants) and were considered the highest-ranking leaders of Los Rastrojos [The Stubble], one of the leading Colombian drug-trafficking groups with ties to Mexico and Ecuador.
Calle Serna will be tried in New York for conspiracy to import and distribute narcotics, the Colombian police indicated.
A federal court in Brooklyn indicted Calle Serna in 2010 on charges of leading Los Rastrojos, an organization which allegedly sent shipments of several tons of cocaine to the United States, via Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries in Central and South America, in coordination with Mexican cartels, the DEA said.
Assets attributed to Calle Serna in the United States have also been frozen since 2011.
The police chief said that Calle Serna’s negotiations with the DEA took place over several months and were a result of the pressure to which he was subjected by the police in Colombia.
León said that he was not familiar with the details of the surrender, but noted that in cases like this one, criminals usually provide information about the members of their organization and drug-trafficking routes.
He also thought it “probable” that Calle Serna’s younger brother Luis Enrique, a fugitive from justice, “might be involved” in the negotiations.