Nine people arrested are accused of belonging to a network of heroin dealers who had ties to the Sinaloa cartel
Colombian authorities said Monday’s arrest in different parts of the Andean country of nine people accused of belonging to a heroin trafficking ring that had ties to the drug cartel of Sinaloa, Mexico, and that sent illegal drugs into the United States and Europe.
Narcotics director, General Luis Alberto Perez, told reporters that the arrests took place in the cities of Cali, Jamundi, both in the Southwest, Armenia and Pereira, in the west, and Riohacha, the capital of the department of La Guajira (north).
“At this stage of the operation, the brothers were captured and Michelangelo Calvache Ricardo Pino, leaders of the organization, and Juan David Toro Serna, the latter requested in extradition by the Southern District Court of New York accused of crimes related to drug trafficking, “explained General Perez.
Investigations began in 2010, along which were captured in different countries, 37 people, including the last nine in Colombia.
According to research carried out in the operation “Republica 97”, the band sent out monthly to 40 kilos of opiates for what used contacts in Curacao, Dominican Republic and Aruba, among others.
The drug came to market in the U.S. and Europe.
According to General Perez, with these arrest ” it is estimated that the dismantling of this transnational criminal organization is happening”.