Colombia provides legal assistance to former military personnel detained in Mexico – El Sol de México

He Government of Colombia provides legal assistance to six ex-military and former guerrillas detained in Mexico for organized crimeconfirmed sources from the Attorney General’s Office of the South American country.

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“As for any fellow countryman, the required consular assistance (legal assistance) must be provided, support, regardless of the judicial or immigration status, our obligation is to provide the assistance required by any Colombian in Mexico, the sources said.

For months there have been reports that ex-military and ex-members of the Colombian militia are recruited by the Mexican cartels to swell their ranks and enhance the military and tactical capabilities of these criminal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking.

Since 2023, the Zacatecas Public Security Secretariat has arrested 18 Colombians for their alleged links with criminal groups As the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Among those arrested was a former guerrilla.

While in October 2023, the Michoacan Security Secretariat reported the capture of a cell of Colombians dedicated to the manufacture of explosives in a operative in the municipality of Buenavista.

“The Mexican authorities themselves have recognized that the drug traffickers have been recruiting military personnel with differentiated capabilities Colombia and Venezuelamainly because that has given them very good results in their wars for the control of territories and because the gain for them is twofold: they gain highly trained fighters and they gain instructors for their people,” said David Saucedo, an expert on issues of security and drug trafficking.

In an interview, he added that the cartels that have made the most use of former soldiers and guerrillas from other nations are the Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), The Michoacana Family, The Knights Templar, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and Los Zetas.

According to the expert, hiring is not done individually, but by cells or groupswhich the mercenaries arm.

Most of them – according to the expert – enter the country illegally as if they were migrants, although they are also brought from their countries in small planes that land in clandestine tracks or in boats in which they regularly transport the drug from the south of the continent.

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“They enter through the border with Guatemala, taking advantage of the arrival of thousands of migrants and from there they move to different regions of the country,” said the expert on security issues and drug trafficking.

This newspaper asked the National Migration Institute to find out how many arrests of foreigners linked to the organized crime have registered, but at the time of going to press no response had been given.

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