COLOMBIA NEWS – Authorities arrested the head of the “Clan Úsuga,” the largest Colombian drug-trafficking group, during an operation carried out in the northern state of Sucre, the National Police confirmed on June 29.

“El Gato,” whose real name is being withheld from the public, was charged with conspiracy to commit crime, kidnapping and extortion, the National Police said in a prepared statement.

He allegedly oversaw killings, extortion, kidnappings, drug trafficking and other criminal activities. According to an investigation by Colombia’s judicial police, “El Gato” was responsible for 25 murders in the region.

The “Clan Úsuga” was previously known as “Los Urabeños.” But since late April, authorities have referred to the gang by a different name, because the old name stigmatizes the residents of the Uraba region, from where the criminal group comes.

In March 2012, another member of the gang with the same alias, “El Gato,” was captured in Colombia’s northern state of Magdalena.

Sources: National Police (Colombia); El Espectador; W Radio (Colombia)