sábado, 2 de marzo de 2013

Colombia detains gang suspects, takes assets

In a second operation within days against the Rastrojos, one of Colombia's main criminal gangs, police detained 27 suspected members of the gang including a regional boss in raids in the northern district of Barrancabermeja in the department of Santander, Europa Press reported on 2 March. Twenty five of the detained were wanted in relation with charges including drug trafficking, assassinations and extorsion; police raided 24 buildings in the the operation dubbed Machín. One detainee was identified as the Rastrojos' boss in Santander, a man dubbed Bagre. The date of the operation was not specified. Police stopped another suspected member of this gang in the city of Medellín at an unspecified date; he may be charged with criminal conspiracythe Defence Ministry reported on 28 February. Colombian authorities have separately taken over 24 properties including houses and appartments in several departments presumed to belong to the Rastrojos and two paramilitary groups, valued at the equivalent of over USD 2.3 million. These were expected to be confiscated and possibly sold later (extinción de dominio), El Espectador reported on 1 March.