Thanks to a joint effort with the Police and the Army, criminal structures such as Los Puntilleros, Los Tomas, Los Recolectores and the FARC dissents that operate in this area received a hard blow 

In Puerto Carreño (Vichada), the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, presented a balance concerning the actions carried out in the department to combat the crimes that affect public safety

In the company of the Deputy Attorney General, Martha Mancera; and the Delegate Director on Public Safety, Luisa Obando Guerrero, the Attorney General assessed the investigative strategies implemented in that sector of the country.

The Attorney General announced that a strategy against minor crimes and organized crime has been implemented and it has been coordinated with the different Sectional Offices in Colombia. ” We have made important progress in this department concerning the management of microprojects about crimes of great impact such as sexual violence, domestic violence, theft and homicides, all these microprojects were developed hand in hand with the Navy, the Police and the Army,” he said.

In addition, he stated that a joint effort is carried out with departments of social services (comisarías de familia) and the Colombian Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar ICBF) in different municipalities of this department such as Cumaribo and Puerto Carreño to meet inhabitants’ needs

The Attorney General presented the results of clarification of crimes such as homicide that went from 30.08% in 2020 to 42.8% so far this year; domestic violence from 23% to 44%, theft from 22.2% to 25%, sexual violence from 0% in 2019 to 30% in 2021.

The Attorney Barbosa pointed out that in 2021, custodial sentences were imposed against 19 people for their alleged responsibility in crimes such as micro-trafficking, theft; trafficking children and adolescents; forced displacement, and drug trafficking.

Among them, there were 15 alleged members of criminal structures that operate in Vichada, such as Farc dissents, Los Puntilleros, Los Tomas and Los Recolectores.

Dismantling ‘Los Tomas’

The Office of the Attorney General dismantled the criminal group Los Tomas, which operated in neighborhoods Gaitán and Punta de Lajas, in Puerto Carreño, and committed illegal activities such as the sale of narcotics and theft.

In total, 7 people were arrested and sent to prison for conspiracy to commit a crime; trafficking, manufacture or possession of drugs; aggravated theft, and receiving stolen property.

Trafficking children and adolescents

Four people were prosecuted in Cumaribo for their alleged responsibility in the crime of trafficking children and adolescents, and abusive sexual assault with a minor under the age of 14.

According to the investigation, the girl’s parents (11-year-old) belonging to the Sikuani ethnic group, gave the girl to a man in exchange for some items.

A prison sentence was pronounced against three people and house arrest was pronounced against one person.

Criminal finances of ‘Los Puntilleros’ were impacted

In a joint effort with the Police and the National Army, 2,117 packages of marijuana that were transported in a dump truck in La Primavera sector were seized.

For this fact, Fernando Montaña Duque and Víctor Alfonso Quintero Palomino were charged for their alleged responsibility in the crime of trafficking, manufacturing or possession of drugs. Custodial sentences were pronounced against them.

This seizure affected the criminal finances of the so-called Los Puntilleros criminal structure.

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.