National Army of Colombia

The Army captures four dangerous Eln members

June 01, 2017

As of 2017, 51 members of this illegal armed group have been arrested in the northwest of Colombia.
Troops from the Seventh Division of the National Army, while developing military operations, gave a new and forceful blow against the Eln's logistic and criminal structures in Bajo Cauca, subregion of Antioquia. In the last hours, the Nudo de Paramillo Task Force units, during an interinstitutional action with the CTI of the Attorney General's Office, captured four members of the company Héroes de Tarazá from that illegal armed group.

The arrests took place in different areas after receiving information provided by Military Intelligence, who managed to find the exact location of these bandits in charge of carrying out various criminal actions. The soldiers arrived in the townships Los Mangos and El Tesorito, rural areas of Tarazá (Antioquia) near the urban area of Medellín and captured Alias Luis Gordo, el Mono, Luis Largo and Luis.

These individuals allegedly were in charge of logistical tasks such as the commercialization and distribution of chemical supplies for drug processing, as well as of purchasing, selling and transporting the coca paste produced in the area. In terms of warlike functions, they carried out criminal intelligence tasks against the public forces and reported their movements, transported war material for different structures and sometimes joined the guerrilla superiors for coordination, planning and execution of terrorist attacks.

The four guerrilla men were taken before a Guarantee Control Judge in Tarazá, who legalized their captures and ordered intramural confinement in a prison center. The detainees must face charges for crimes such as drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit crime, extortion and rebellion.

These four arrests complement those made last March in the Barro Blanco district of Tarazá (Antioquia). Then, other seven criminals were arrested; they supported the terrorist network under orders of alias Yeison or El Gurre head of this structure and developed their criminal actions in this region. The guerrilla men were identified with the aliases of Toma Toma or Borracho, Fichas, Amarillo, Medardo, Mecánico, Pablo Martín and La Ciega.

With this result, the illegal finances and the logistic and armed structures of this criminal group are strongly affected. Likewise, future terrorist actions were avoided. In the area of Bajo Cauca, Antioquia, where the events took place, the Seventh Division of the National Army continues to carry out military operations in order to continue to affect and hit this illegal armed group.