16 members of various criminal gangs, including rebel guerrilla group FARC and common criminals, were captured Thursday as part of Operation Sword of Honor, initiated by Colombia’s military.
The various criminals were arrested for trafficking and transportation of narcotics, extortion, conspiracy to commit crimes, domestic violence, murder, manufacturing and carrying of weapons exclusively permitted for private use of armed forces and aggravated robbery, among others, reported newspaper El Espectador.
The military offensive captured outlaws in nine of Colombia’s 32 departments.
In the process of capture, authorities reportedly immobilized a vehicle, motorcycles, seized four weapons, a grenade, ammunition and a “significant amount of hallucinogens.”
Operation Sword of Honor is a two-year war plan that is a joint effort of the National Police, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, public prosecutors and the Armed Forces, which will use more than a hundred specially-trained members of the security forces to take down members of the FARC and other armed gangs.