Surrender of Colombian drug king may lead to more violence, arrests

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Colombian drug trafficker 'Comba' Javier Antonio Calle Serna turns himself in to U.S. officials. (Photo U.S. Department of State)

Colombian drug trafficker ‘Comba’ Javier Antonio Calle Serna turns himself in to U.S. officials. (Photo U.S. Department of State)

The head of one of Colombia’s most powerful organized crime groups — Los Rastrojos — turned himself in to DEA officials.

And, even as some of his foot soldiers line up to fill the void, there are fears that his surrender means more dominos will fall.

The negotiation took months, reports InSight Crime, and has produced a “seismic shift in the Colombian underworld.”

Javier Calle Serna, who’s better known by his alias Comba, left Argentina for Aruba where he surrendered to U.S. officials. Since 2005 Comba has allegedly headed Los Rastrojos and has “been linked to kidnappings, tortures, and assassinations in Colombia, Venezuela, and Panama,” said the U.S. State Department according to the Associated Press.

Comba took over the organization after killing his boss and Los Rastrojos founder Wilber Varela in Venezuela, reports InSight.  Diego Perez Henao or “Diego Rastrojo” supported his takeover and is next in line to head the organization.

Read it at InSight

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