A Colombian drug boss whose surrender to US authorities helped decimate what was once among the country's most powerful criminal organizations has negotiated his way into receiving just a nine-year prison sentence in a US court.
The recent release of a high-level drug trafficking and money laundering suspect highlights Colombia's continued difficulty in successfully prosecuting organized crime.
With the demobilization of 17 fighters in Valle del Cauca and hundreds more possibly to surrender, there are indications that the Rastrojos drug gang, once Colombia's most powerful, is imploding after the surrender and capture of top leaders.
After months of negotiations with the DEA, Javier Calle Serna, alias 'Comba,' has surrendered to US authorities, possibly creating a seismic shift in the Colombian underworld.
Reports that the head of Colombias most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by InSight Crime, and may be aimed at sowing chaos within the organization and Colombia's underworld.
Argentine singer Facundo Cabrals murder in Guatemala last year sparked an investigation which spans the hemisphere. Plaza Publica reports that his alleged killer may be ensnared in a wider conspiracy, involving a Colombian gang's attempts to turn Sinaloa Cartel boss 'El Chapo over to US authorities.
Ecuador has arrested, and swiftly deported, one of the brothers that head Colombia's powerful Rastrojos gang, again showing how many of Colombia's capos prefer to reside outside of the country.
Colombian authorities arrested 20 people in 4 different cities in Colombia who formed part of a network that helped send upwards of 700 kilos of cocaine per month to the United States and Europe, reported El Colombiano.
The group allegedly worked for the Oficina de Envigado and the Rastrojos and had as its headquarter Cartagena, Colombia. It's not clear if it operated as a separate entity or was integrated in one of the two syndicates, but authorities said the leaders were in contact with Maximiliano Bonilla, alias "Valenciano", the head of the Oficina<, and Luis Enrique Calle Serna, alias "Comba," the head of the Rastrojos.