Five ring leaders and 19 regional leaders are part of the 2,219 alleged members of organized crime organizations arrested in the country.
The investigative processes led by the Special Directorate against Criminal Organizations of the Office of the Attorney General, and the joint efforts with the public force, allowed the greatest blow against the criminal structures, with the arrest of Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, alias Otoniel, head of the ‘Clan del Golfo’.
In 2021, about 2.219 people were arrested in different operations carried out in the territories, 392 more compared to the previous year. 619 allegedly belong to the ‘Clan del Golfo’, 385 to the FARC dissents, 148 to the ELN, 40 to ‘Los Pelusos’, 22 to ‘Los Caparros’, and 1,005 to other criminal groups. Five of the detainees are considered top-level ringleaders and 19 are considered leaders of regional structures.
Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba had the highest number of arrests. They are followed by the departments of the Orinoquía and the Amazonas.
During the year, specialized prosecutors obtained quick and effective results in prioritized cases. In 13 days, six perpetrators of the terrorist acts carried out in the airport of Cúcuta were arrested. This attack caused the death of two anti-explosive technicians of the National Police. In less than a month, 11 people alleged involved in the attack on Brigade 30 of the National Army, and in the attack on the presidential helicopter, which occurred in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander), were identified and prosecuted.
Likewise, networks allegedly linked to the FARC dissents were prosecuted. They allegedly sabotaged the protests and promoted acts of vandalism in Cali (Valle del Cauca).
The investigative work carried out against organized crime allowed progress in the clarification of 141 homicides that occurred in different cities. 40 cases more than in 2020.
The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.
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