BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Colombian police have caught a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said to have continued engaging in criminal activities even after the group’s disarmament, President Ivan Duque said.
“Very good news: [the Colombian police] reports a serious blow to criminal structures in Maicao, [the department of] La Guajira, with the capture of Francisco Durango Usuga also known as ‘Ariel’ or ‘Frita’ … who have sowed terror with his actions for 30 years, he is attributed, among other crimes, a conspiracy to commit aggravating crimes, manufacturing, trafficking and carrying weapons, and drug trafficking in a border region with Venezuela”, the president tweeted.
Una muy buena noticia: @PoliciaColombia reporta en Maicao, La Guajira, duro golpe a estructuras criminales con la captura de Francisco Durango Úsuga alias ‘Ariel’ o ‘Frita’, integrante del estado mayor del Gaor ‘Segunda Marquetalia’ y coordinador de estructuras residuales 18 y 36
— Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) July 25, 2020
Duque has also claimed that the arrested man was among the former FARC members, who, in 2019, announced the creation of a new armed group.
FARC was created in 1964 as a left-wing armed force, operating against the Colombian government.
However, the parties subsequently decided to engage in peace talks. Before reaching the deal in 2016, they held negotiations for four years.
In 2017, after the disarmament process, it became the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force political party. Nevertheless, in August 2019, former FARC leader Ivan Marquez declared his return to armed struggle.