Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón speaking to military troops who will be patrolling the most vulnerable communities.

Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón speaking to military troops who will be patrolling the most vulnerable communities.

Cali, Tuluá, Buenaventura yand Jamundí have been converted into a scene for a bloody mob war, terrorizing residents and put the government of high alert after reports that alias ‘Kike Gallo’ rented troops from the “Los Urabeños” to force out a newcomer mafia boss from Miami.

The result has been multiple murders in discos and corners of the cities in the Valle de Cauca, farm owners report of threats and abductions of drug traffickers belonging to the old guard.

The escalating violence has placed the capital city, Cali, in first place in homicides in the country, with 2.000 a year – well over homicides in Medellin and Bogota.

The bloodshed began in April 2012, when the United States deported from Miami the “Señor e la R”, the 56 year old “narco” (drug trafficker), Élmer ‘Pacho’ Herrera, arriving in Jamundi (south of Cali), with claims of territory.

A Herrera relative had already formed a criminal group (known as an “oficina” in Colombia) similar to the Envigado (Medellin) group, with the purpose of reclaiming narco routes and trafficking now in the hands of the “los Machos”, gunmen rising out of the group run by Diego Monotoya who was extradited to the U.S. and the “los Rastrojos”, the army of the “Comba” brothers also in the prison in the U.S.

Intelligence reports by the authorities indicate that “Kike” made a deal with the Urabeños for gunmen support of 90 men, paying billions of pesos for the reinforcements arriving in the Valle from Córdoba, del Urabá chocoano and Antioquia.

The situation forced the government to deploy joint patrols of the police and army in Cali and surrounding areas, a move announced last week by Defense Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzón.

According to Colonel Gildardo Rayo, commander of the 3rd Military Police Battalion, about 500 soldiers are patrolling the most vulnerable communities: Siloé, El Diamante, El Vallado, Terrón Colorado and Desepaz.

Meanwhile, more than 700 uniformed police patrol the city and barrios, implementing intermittent curfews for minors and restricting the carrying of weapons.

Authorities say here are about 134 gans in Cali, composed of some 2.000 teenagers and even children.

On Tuesday, December 10, the Cali Archdiocese has called a march against violence and weapons. “We cannot allow the city to become a slaughterhouse. It is urgent that people react”, said monseñor Darío de Jesús Monsalve, archbishop of Cali.

Source: El Tiempo