BOGOTA – The Colombian Navy, Police and Army captured three leaders of the criminal gang Clan del Golfo and three of their escorts in two operations, one in the Pacific area and another in the north of the country, in which weapons, ammunition and money were seized, military sources reported on Sunday.
Victor Javier Cordoba, alias “Aguirre” or “Cordoba,” and Erney Gasca Valencia, alias “Milton,” were captured in the sector of Bocas del Chavica, jurisdiction of Bajo San Juan municipality, in the western department of Choco.
Cordoba is the second in command of the Clan del Golfo’s Pacific Bloc, behind alias “Furia,” the spokesperson of the Task Force against Drug Trafficking Neptuno No. 73, Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera, told EFE.
Francisco Herrera said that Cordoba had more than 200 men under his command and sought to “take control” of that region from the town of Buenaventura, Colombia’s main port on the Pacific coast, to Tumaco, in the department of Narino, border with Ecuador.
The spokesperson indicated that Valencia was part of the San Juan Bloc, and added that three people were also arrested during these security operations.
During the operation, 35 million pesos (about $11,716), more than a thousand rockets, three rifles, small arms and communication equipment were seized, among others.
For its part, the army also managed to arrest the suspect who uses the alias “Vicente” in the northern department of Cordoba, who was identified as head of the Clan del Golfo gang, the Ministry of Defense said on Twitter.
The president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos also tweeted about the arrest, considering it as “great news on the fight against crime.”
Formerly known as Clan Usuga or Los Urabenos, Clan del Golfo (the Gulf Clan) is the country’s main criminal gang that emerged after the demobilization of the right-wing paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) in 2006.