The criminal gang known as Los Chuma is allegedly responsible for committing the murder of the leader and three other people in Campoalegre and Palermo (Huila). On the other hand, two men were prosecuted in Algeciras for the attack on an ex-combatant.

The investigation and prosecution strategy in serious damages against human rights defenders and people in process of reincorporation allowed the Special Investigation Unit (Unidad Especial de Investigación UEI) to clarify the murder of the social leader Eduardo Alarcón Córdoba and the attempted murder of the ex-combatant Isidoro Gutiérrez Canacué, in facts that took place in Campoalegre and Algeciras (Huila), respectively.

In this sense, the Office of the Attorney General prosecuted the alleged perpetrators:

  • Crime of the social leader Eduardo Alarcón Córdoba

Due to the death of the social leader Eduardo Alarcón Córdoba who was killed with a firearm on October 19, 2020, in a farm located in the rural settlement  Las Vueltas in Campoalegre, the Office of the Attorney General obtained a prison sentence against three alleged members of the criminal structure Los Chuma, which is involved in hiring hitmen and the commercialization of drugs in that municipality.

The criminal gang Los Chuma was allegedly involved in hiring hitmen and the commercialization of drugs in Campoalegre (Huila).

The defendants Duván Alexánder Charry García, alias Chuma; James Daniel Barreiro Vega, aka James; and Yonatan Andrés Charry García, alias Chiqui; They were charged with aggravated murder with multiple concurrent crimes and aggravated conspiracy to commit a crime and manufacture, trafficking, possession of firearms, accessories, parts or aggravated ammunition.

Due to these facts, a minor, also an alleged member of the criminal group, was sent to a juvenile detention center by a supervisory judge at the request of a prosecutor appointed to the Office of Childhood and Adolescence in Neiva (Huila).

It is presumed that the defendants are also involved in the murder of Erick Mauricio Puentes which took place on December 9 in Palermo (Huila); and of Willintong Vargas and Hotman Andrés García, perpetrated in Campoalegre on September 7th and October 1th8, 2020, respectively.

The arrests were carried out by Dijín, in coordination with the Judicial Police for Children and Adolescents in Neiva in Campoalegre.

  • Clarification of an attack against a person in process of reincorporation

Before supervisory judges, the Office of the Attorney General brought charges against Diego Alexánder Cepeda Santamaría, alias Cuchumino; and César Augusto Bahamón Sarmiento for attempted aggravated murder and trafficking, manufacture, possession of firearms, accessories, parts, or ammunition.

The defendants are considered co-authors in the attempted murder of Isidoro Gutiérrez Canacué (a person in process of reincorporation) committed in Algeciras (Huila) on November 17, 2020.

The CTI judicial police officers, in coordination with the National Police and the National Army carried out the arrests of Cepeda and Bahamón in Huila. In the hearings* they were sent to prison.

The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.

When we speak, results follow.

The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out the criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004. 

*Several  kinds  of  hearings  held  in  one  hearing  (known as audiencias concentradas in Spanish)