Saturday, June 4, 2022

Juan Castro 'Matamba' - shot dead

President Ivan Duque announced on Twitter that Juan Larinson Castro Estupinan, 'Matamba' had been “neutralized” and “killed in combat” in a police operation in the northern municipality of Bolivar.
Castro had been a member of Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces and other paramilitary groups since he was 16 years old.
Juan Castro, number two of the Colombian cartel Gulf Clan was caught on tape exiting the La Picota prison in Bogotá. Castro, a drug lord awaiting extradition to the US, donned a prison guard's uniform and strolled out of the Colombian maximum security prison on March 18. Castro walked through seven doors, one of which was left open by National Penitentiary and Jail Institute inspector Miltón Jimenez who was taken into custody.
He was apprehended at least 12 times and twice eluded capture. Castro had become the chief of the Cordillera Sur, a cell of the Gulf Clan. His drug-trafficking gang was linked to the National Liberation Army, dissident members of Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces, and the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.