Following a series of arrests in central Colombia, the prosecutor general has unveiled links between an army intellligence officer, FARC and Mexican drug traffickers, reported local media Wednesday.
Authorities recently apprehended five suspects including a member of the Colombian army in Villavicencio, in the central department of Meta, alleged to be in partnership with FARC and Mexican drug cartels.
“It is evident that there exists links between this criminal organization and the armed forces,” claimed a government prosecutor.
“An investigation is underway that began against regional army intelligence…which has confirmed the existence of a criminal organization in the service of FARC’s 53rd Front and Mexican narco-traffickers,” said a representative from the Prosecutor General’s Office.
According to newspaper El Universal, among the suspects were several members of the army amd the leader of an organization for displaced people. The prosecution alleged the group was part of a criminal structure involved in procuring arms for guerrilla group FARC, international drug trafficking, extortion and murder.
The suspects were reportedly under the direction of Henry Castellanos Garzon, alias “Romaña,” head of FARC’s eastern block. They were believed to be operating in the provinces of Meta, Guaviare, Guania, Cundinamarca and Vichada.