More than 300 members of Colombian criminal gangs, mostly of Lo Urabeños, were captured in the last two months, according to a report by the national Attorney General”s Office. The national Unity against the so-called emerging groups, also known as bacrim, said 58 leaders of different groups were arrested in August and September, said the newspaper El Nuevo Siglo.
The authorities captured 32 leaders and 104 members of Los Urabeños, one of the most powerful of its kind, and also 43 members of Los Rastrojos.
During that period, 82 other members of criminal groups as Los Ocho, Los Chacales, Los Aguilas Negras, Los Paisas and La Cordillera were arrested in several police operations in departments as Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Cordoba and Atlantico.
The criminal gangs are composed of paramilitary agents related to drug trafficking and operate in more than one third of the country.