The Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced this Wednesday a mega-operation that ended with the arrest of 27 people who had participated in a money laundering network for various leaders of the Gulf Clan.
Just eleven days after the capture of the highest leader of the clan, Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias ‘Otoniel’, the Government of Iván Duque continues to implement operations to dismantle this criminal organization.
“Within the framework of the Argenta strategy, the criminal finance delegate of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Police and the Seventeenth Brigade of the Army carried out another blow against the Clan del Golfo,” announced the prosecutor Francisco Barbosa.
According to the authorities, the 27 people arrested and prosecuted were part of various criminal networks that they would have laundered more than 112,000 million Colombian pesos (approximately $ 29.5 million) for various leaders of the Gulf Clan.
Methods of operation
The prosecution detailed in a press release that managed to capture 16 employees of Jorge Eliécer Castaño Toro, alias ‘Plástico’, who was arrested in August 2020 for extradition purposes.
According to the investigations, this network was dedicated to the sale of goods, front businesses, the use of front men, banking transactions and small cash transfers, through which they would have laundered some 106,000 million Colombian pesos (about $ 27.9 million).
The agency charged them for money laundering, illicit enrichment of individuals and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Likewise, of the 27 captured, seven were charged for their participation in money laundering in favor of Luis Orlando Padierna Peña, alias ‘England’, who was killed on November 23, 2017 in Norte de Santander.
According to the analysis of the Colombian authorities, these seven people resorted to the sale of goods and the establishment of commercial establishments to launder illicit resources of Padierna Peña, estimated at about 4,915 million pesos (1.2 million dollars).
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