Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment the suspected head of one of Colombia’s deadliest gangs is arrested after sharing videos of himself flaunting his luxury lifestyle online.
According to local media, Diego Fernando Bustamante Segura, aka ‘Diego Optra’, was arrested in the city of Rionegro in the north-western Colombian department of Antioquia.
Local media said he is suspected of being involved in 90 percent of the homicide cases related to drug-trafficking in the port city of Buenaventura.
At the time of his arrest, he was leaving a luxury villa while accompanied by seven men travelling in two armoured vehicles, according to reports.
Video Credit: CEN/@FiscaliaCol/@PoliciaColombia
He was said to be wearing a 600-million-COP (140,810-GBP) bracelet when the cops arrested him.
Police spokesman Oscar Atehortua told local media: “This suspect behaves in a very particular way. He uses one-piece garments, clothing, shoes and jewellery of three specific brands, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace. Every day he combines these three brands.”
Reports said Bustamante Segura took over the criminal gang when his uncle Lugo Bustamante was arrested, and he allegedly ran a gang of 70 people suspected of drug trafficking and extortion in the city of Buenaventura.
Atehortua commented: “Homicide was the most effective way they created terror and recruited new members to the criminal organisation.”
According to the local authorities, the criminal gang was able to send 3 tons of cocaine to the United States and Central America every month.
Diliana Francisca Toro, the governess of Valle de Cauca, wrote on Twitter: “The arrest of ‘Diego Optra’ was the result of a security operation where we offered a reward of 50 million COP (11,735 GBP). Ten days later, we arrested him.”
The investigation continues.
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