Colombia’s prosecution have arrested a former police colonel and a former police captain who allegedly managed assets of paramilitary group AGC, local media reported Tuesday.
The police’s former operations chief in the northern Cordoba province, retired Colonel Francisco Javier Ahumada, was arrested in the Caribbean coastal city of Barranquilla.
One of Ahumada’s former subordinates, former Captain Vladimir Eduardo Santamaria, was arrested in Cucuta, the largest city on the border with Venezuela.
In Monteria, the capital of Cordoba, police arrested a defense attorney who would be well connected with the regional elite and was previously accused of taking part in a police corruption racket.
The network of “El Plastico”
In total, police and prosecution officials arrested 19 people who would be part of the money laundering network of alleged AGC drug trafficker “El Plastico.”
According to local media, the alleged AGC narco allegedly exported almost 100 tons of cocaine per year from the paramilitaries’ stomping ground in the Uraba region.
El Plastico was arrested despite multiple plastic surgeries and an attempt to fake his death a month before the alleged drug trafficker’s detention.
The AGC’s power in Cordoba
El Plastico’s alleged successor, “Gordo Rufla,” was arrested in Monteria last month after US authorities also requested the extradition of this alleged drug trafficker.
Until their extradition requests, both El Plastico and Gordo Rufla were able to move around freely in Cordoba where the AGC has had ties to regional authorities and businessmen since their formation in 2006.
The Supreme Court last month convicted former Antioquia governor Luis Alfredo Ramos for his ties to, among others, AGC founder “Don Mario.”