The drug trafficker Juan Castro Estupiñán, alias “Matamba”, arrested in May 2021, escaped from the La Picota prison in Bogotá where he was detained pending extradition to the United States, which is requesting him for drug trafficking crimes, reported the Colombian President Iván Duque.
“Matamba” was arrested in May of last year in the town of Floridablanca, in the department of Santander; He was one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the country, and, according to investigations, he was the head of the drug trafficking network called La Cordillera Sur, which operates mainly in the department of Nariño in association with the Clan del Golfo, the main criminal gang of the country.
The head of state assured in Cartagena that he felt “indignation” at this new scandal and assured that he had all the criminal investigation structures available to execute “a plan to recapture this bandit.”RELATED
He also pointed out that the Prosecutor’s Office will arrest the people who led to the escape of “Matamba” and announced a reform of the Colombian penitentiary and prison system.
“There are no more actions of warm water cloths for Inpec (National Penitentiary and Prison Institute). We are going to propose a comprehensive reform of the Colombian penitentiary and prison system,” he said.
Inpec is in the eye of the hurricane due to the corruption of its officials. The most recent was that of the Hispanic-Colombian businessman Carlos Mattos.
Mattos left prison in Inpec cars for supposed health reasons, although the graphic testimony published in an investigation by Noticias Caracol revealed that he had no follow-up by the prison authorities, so after leaving the clinic he went to his office to meet with multiple people.
To this is added that in 2019 the former Colombian congresswoman Aída Merlano, sentenced to 15 years in prison for electoral corruption, escaped taking advantage of a medical appointment.
Military and ex-military at the service of “matamba”
Alias ”Matamba” did not appear today in the count carried out by Inpec guards in the drug trafficker’s pavilion.
There he was while the procedures for his extradition to the United States were progressing, where he has an open file for alleged links with the Mexican drug cartel “Jalisco Nueva Generación”.
The capture of the drug trafficker, who has been in prison for 14 years and is accused of having links to several homicides in the Colombian Pacific, exposed a network of corruption that involves Colombian military and ex-military personnel who allegedly provided him with information about operations against his organization. .
Among them is retired Colonel Róbinson González del Río, convicted of being implicated in murders committed by the military, known in Colombia as “false positives.”
Also on the list of alleged collaborators is alias “Padrino”, a name by which “Matamba” referred to the former commander of the Armed Forces, retired General Leonardo Barrero.
Barrero has denied any type of connection with alias “Matamba” and has stressed to journalists that during his career as a soldier he was always respectful of the law and made himself available for the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate his actions.
“Matamba” is requested in extradition by the United States for crimes related to drug trafficking, while in Colombia he has several arrest warrants for the crimes of trafficking, manufacturing, carrying or possession of firearms and conspiracy to commit crimes, among others.
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