Colombian Attorney General’s web site:
October 17, 2022
(Translated by Eunice Gibson, CSN volunteer translator)
Evidence indicates that the former officials apparently made up part of the illegal payroll of the Cordillera Sur organization of the “Clan del Golfo”.
The Attorney General of Colombia, through his Specialized Office To Counter Drug Trafficking, formally charged five former members of the Colombian Army and four private citizens with aiding and facilitating the criminal acts of the now-deceased drug trafficker Juan Larinson Castro Estupiñán, alias Matamba, who was the maximum leader of the Cordillera Sur organization of the “Clan del Golfo”. The former officers, while they were attached to military units in the Pacific part of Nariño, had furnished weapons guidance to the illegal organization and alerted its members about the movements of the Armed Forces in the region. It appears that they also furnished logistical apport by providing food and other items.
Because of that, the prosecutors charged Retired Captain Octavio Javier Castro González, Retired Noncomissioned Officers Óscar Ramón Faillace Ospino, Edwar Andrés Díaz Narváez, and Nelson Orlando Rolón Monrroy, and retired soldier Estivenson Córdoba Torres with the crimes of aggravated criminal conspiracy and bribery for the purpose of committing a criminal offense.
Along with that, the four private citizens were part of drug trafficking in the Cordillera Sur organization and were in charge of negotiating illegally for cocaine base in Policarpa, Cumbitara, Leiva, and El Rosario (Nariño Department).
Along with that, the following people, Pedro Antonio Quintero, alias Máquina, Gilmar Mena Cabrera, alias Balsudo, Freddy Gabriel Reyes, and Julio César Díaz Petro were charged with the crimes of aggravated criminal conspiracy, money laundering, and bribery.
Another six who have been investigated for these events have expressed their free and voluntary intention to enter into plea agreements with the prosecutors and plead guilty to the charges against them. In this group are Retired Lt. Colonel Harry Leonardo Gómez Tabares and the brothers Andrés Fernando and Carlos David Jaramillo Pulgarín.
With respect to Retired Colonel Robinson Javier González del Río, the alleged articulator of all the activities of support and assistance to the organization run by alias Matamba, he will be charged in November on a date to be fixed by the judge in charge of the investigation.