The suspects were detained in operations carried out by national police in Padilla, Cauca department, and Tulua, Sevilla and Cali in the Valle del Cauca department. A prosecutor from the unit against “emerging criminal bands” said he has evidence against those arrested, including their aliases and the weapons and uniforms they used. They are accused of aggravated crime, and the manufacturing, trafficking and possession of arms meant for the exclusive use of the military forces.
During a judicial hearing, 21 of the detainees admitted to committing the crimes, and four expressed interest in striking a deal with the prosecution. All 27 are currently being held in jails in Cucuta.
In July, one of the gang’s leaders, known as “R-9″ was captured by Colombian authorities in Pasto, Nariño department.