Police reportedly found Walter Manuel Ramos, who is known under the alias “Alex 15”, dressed in camouflage in a camp in the municipality of Remedios. Authorities also found in the camp two rifles, a grenade launcher, pistols, 20 grenades and a supply of ammunition, along with other instruments of war.
“For almost eight days anti-narcotics police units infiltrated the surrounding area until they found the exact location of ‘Alex 15,’” said National Police Director Jose Roberto Leon Riaño.
Also recovered by authorities were 15 uniforms of the Colombian armed forces.
Police say Alex 15 was leading a conflict against neo-paramilitary group, “Los Urabeños”, for control over illegal mining and extortion of legal mining, which has caused an increase in homicides in the area. There were also disputes between the two gangs over cocaine trafficking routes.
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