sábado, 29 de marzo de 2014

Colombia detains FARC fighters, traffickers

Army operations in the department of Meta south of the Colombian capital Bogotá led to the capture of five guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) at an unspecified date, including a captain of the FARC's Front 43. The guerrillas were caught in fighting in the district of Vistahermosa and "abundant" arms and ammunition were said to have been confiscated, Radio Santa Fe reported on 28 March. The captain was identified as the guerrilla dubbed Jaime Crespo, and the others as Negro Usebio, Eider, Samuel and Laura. Another FARC captain surrendered to troops in the locality of Jardín de Peñas in the same department, the Army reported. He was identified as a 17-year veteran fighter dubbed Robinson. Separately, judicial authorities confirmed the arrests in Medellín, San Juan de Pasto and Pereira, of four suspects thought to have worked with Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. All four were identified as relatives of the trafficker Francisco Cifuentes Villa, shot dead in 2007 and formerly identified as a close collaborator of the late drug baron Pablo Escobar, Radio Santa Fe reported on 28 March. The broadcaster also reported the capture in Medellín of a top operative of one of the main criminal gangs the Urabeños. The gangster dubbed Llanero was caught with two collaborators, and identified as head of the Urabeños in the departments of Risaralda and Valle de Cauca.