The counter-narcotics operation was the largest ever carried out against drug trafficking organizations in Colombia, according to Francisco Espinosa, the director of the prosecution’s financial crime unit.
Twenty people were arrested during the operations carried out by police and prosecution officials.
Without giving details, the financial crime official told journalists that the businesses that were shut down were part of a much larger money laundering network that extended to countries in Central America.
The Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), or “Clan del Golfo” as the authorities call the group, is Colombia’s largest illegal armed group and drug trafficking organization.
The group is the main heir of drug trafficking operations once controlled by the now-defunct paramilitary umbrella organization AUC and has been growing its territorial control in Colombia for a decade.
The group is suspected of having usurped criminal rackets from the violent Marxist rebel group FARC in the Uraba region in Antioquia after the guerrillas’ demobilization earlier this year.