According to the police, Miguel Angel Ariñez, alias “El Medico,” is the suspected confidant of FARC rebel leader Ivan Marquez and was arrested at the Cucuta bus terminal a few days after arriving from Venezuela following orders from a FARC commander. His arrest was made possible by the important information obtained after capturing a boss of FARC’s 36th Front in March, the police added.
The purpose of El Medico’s trip to Cucuta was to medically tend to Luis Usuga Restrepo, alias “Isaias Trujillo,” a ringleader of the Ivan Rios bloc, said the police.
Police intelligence claim that Ariñez is an accredited medic and is considered to be a principle link to Ivan Marquez.
National Police Director Oscar Naranjo stressed that the capture was made possible because of the pressure authorities have placed on countries to exert counter-guerrilla forces against the FARC in border areas.