Colombian crime gang boss, hundreds of members surrender
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The boss of a crime gang identified as the Popular Anticommunist (alternatively, Anti-terrorist) Revolutionary Army (PARA) has surrendered to authorities in Colombia. Jose Lopez Montero, also called "Caracho", handed himself in yesterday.
More than 280 other members of the group also gave themselves up to police yesterday and on Thursday. Why the group members gave themselves up en masse is currently uncertain. Caracho recently told Colombian media he had "tired of war". All of the group members surrendered in, a city located south-east of the capital .
Judges have yet to decide upon the legal status of the gang members. The ring members will remain in Villavicencio until they do. Thehas clarified that it did not negotiate with the group members at the time of their surrender. This is understood to be one of the largest mass suspect surrenders in the country for a number of years.
Caracho is accused of, while PARA's members are also accused of a variety of crimes, including and . Prosecutor Nestor Armando Novoa has stated that Caracho may also face further criminal charges due to his leadership in PARA. It is anticipated the members of the gang will say where their weapons are cached.
According to, the political stance of the Popular Anticommunist Revolutionary Army is uncertain. Caracho had been the leader of PARA since the death of Pedro Guerrero, also called "Cuchillo" ("Knife"), who was killed in December of last year by falling in a river while trying to escape from police.
- "Colombia drug boss Caracho surrenders" — , December 24, 2011
- Associated Press. "Boss of Colombian crime ring surrenders to authorities along with 280 members of group" — , December 23, 2011