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They arrest an alleged “custodian†of weapons from the FARC drug gang in Santurce

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They arrest an alleged “custodian†of weapons from the FARC drug gang in Santurce

An alleged member of the drug trafficking organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cantera (FARC) was apprehended and a cache of firearms was confiscated during a police raid in the Playita sector of Barrio Obrero, in Santurce on Friday.

The operation, conducted by the Superintendency of Special Operations (SAOE), resulted in the seizure of over a dozen high-caliber firearms and the arrest of a 61-year-old man.

The police indicated that among the confiscated weapons were six rifles and four pistols. Additionally, a significant amount of drug production paraphernalia and bulletproof vests were also found at the scene.

Wilson Lebrón, director of the Drug Bureau, stated that at this time, they cannot confirm whether the arrested individual served as a gunsmith for the FARC as no tools were found at the location. He suggested that the man may have only been in charge of safeguarding the weapons.

When asked if the detainee claimed to be at the location under threat from the gang, the officer replied that this is currently under investigation.

Colonel Carlos Cruz, assistant superintendent of SAOE, revealed that the Homeland Security Investigations Office (HSI) will assess the case to determine jurisdiction. Otherwise, charges will be filed at the state level.

Cruz highlighted that the seized weapons, including six high-powered rifles, three pistols, and a revolver, were all altered to fire automatically. He also stated that the investigation suggested that the weapons belonged to the notorious FARC organization.

In a previous operation in December, several individuals including the alleged leader of the FARC at the time were arrested. Cruz emphasized that the organization continues to operate and recruit individuals for criminal activities, but law enforcement efforts to intervene and disrupt their activities will persist.

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