martes, 22 de julio de 2014
Colombia holds FARC's "drug chief"
Colombian authorities caught at an unspecified date five fighters and collaborators of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), including a head or the head of Front 30, the guerrilla dubbed Richard, described as the communist rebel force's capo or number-one drug dealer. Richard was caught in a "luxury country house" in the district of Alcalá in Valle de Cauca, which the authorities will proceed to confiscate alongside its contents, including estate cars, 60 cattle heads and Colombian money worth around USD 880,000 found wrapped and hidden on the premises, El Colombiano reported on 21 July. Authorities described Richard as the captain that provided the FARC with most money from drugs, produced and sold in south-western Colombia but also shipped onto Mexico and the United States. Said to have handled 60 per cent of the FARC's drug monies and been in charge of arms purchases for various fronts, Richard faced 28 arrest warrants on various charges. He was apparently engaged in land purchase operations at the time of his arrest. Authorities separately arrested a member of the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel force sought for several counts of kidnapping, extortion and for "sedition," Caracol radio reported on 21 July. Herminio Manuel Oviedo Domínguez, already sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, was said to have operated in areas close to the Venezuelan frontier; police stopped him in the district of Villanueva, in Bolívar.