Thursday, September 14, 2023

Body of Ecuador gangster Junior Roldán stolen

The body of Ecuadorean gang boss Junior Roldán has disappeared from its resting place in a cemetery in Colombia. The number two in Los Choneros, a prison gang which has terrorized Ecuador, had been found shot dead in Colombia's Antioquia province in May. His body was placed in a wall vault in the town of Envigado after no one claimed his body. He had fled to Colombia after surviving two previous attempts on his life in his native Ecuador.
Cops suspect that he was killed by his bodyguard who wanted to steal the large sum of cash the gang leader had taken with him when he went into hiding.
Cops told local media that men had broken into the cemetery overnight and taken the body. Motive is unclear. Roldán had many enemies and created more by forming an alliance with Mexican cartels. Before he fled Ecuador, he had been shot and injured by members of a rival gang calling itself Los Lobos (The Wolves). He had previously survived an attack in which drones laden with explosives were set off above the prison wing in which he was detained at the time. The gang he belonged to, Los Choneros, mainly engages in drug trafficking and extortion.