Authorities report that 9 suspects linked to the Cali nightclub massacre, which left 9 dead, have been captured this weekend.
Cali SIJIN police authorities report that the 9 suspects were captured in various locations in Cali, after nearly a year of investigation.
The members of Cali drug dealing gang los Rastrojos were linked to the 2013 shooting in La Barra 44 in south east Cali which left 9 dead.
An extensive police operation focusing on the areas Conquistadores, Eduardo Santos, 12 de Octubre, El Pondaje, Villa blanca, Montebello, El Refugio,Terrón Colorado del Oriente and in the east of the city led to the capture of the 9 suspects.
The eight men and one woman captured have been named as alias Durley or La Negra, Lagar, El Flaco, Caliche, ‘La Señora o la Cucha, El Niche, Cabezon, Chisto and Papayu.
Police authorities suggest that those captured can be linked to at least 25 murders in Cali.
Seven of those captured have been remanded in high security prison conditions and the remaining two are being kept under house arrest.
During the arrests authorities from a specialized organized crime unit seized $7000 in cash, two firearms, 270 doses of marijuana, nine mobile phones, and a computer.
The massacre shocked Colombia in November 2013, when gunmen entered the popular nightclub “La Barra 44” and started shooting indiscriminately killing 9 people. The violent incident was linked to a dispute between local drug dealing gangs.
Police sources suggest the attack was ordered by the leader of local drug dealing gang los Rastrojos alias El Buho, who sent his second in command alias Negro 8 to carry out the attack. Negro 8 was captured in June 2014 along with two other men.
The gunmen targeted local crime boss TK, leader of “La 40” in the busy nightclub in Comuna 12 in south east Cali.
The assassins were allegedly offered $1500 to carry out the attack, in which Uzi sub machine guns and pistols were used by 4 shooters who escaped on motorbikes.