Colombia Keeps Up the Fight Against Criminal Groups

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo February 26, 2019 In mid-January, the Colombian Armed Forces captured José Nabel Jiménez Tronsoco, alias José Tombe, leader of the support networks of the Residual Organized Armed Group (GAOR, in Spanish) Third Commission. The group operates in the country’s southwest. Units of the Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (GAULA, in Spanish) of Cauca department led a joint operation that resulted in the criminal’s capture. “[The capture] is part of a joint, coordinated, interinstitutional, interagency effort with the Office of the Attorney General and GAULA units,” Colombian Army Lieutenant Colonel Andrés Bretón Vargas, commander of GAULA Cauca, told Diálogo. “It was an effort focused on extortion and kidnapping, based on the Freedom Heroes Bicentennial Plan.” The Colombian Armed Forces introduced the plan in December 2018. It took effect on January 1, 2019, to guarantee state security and stability throughout the year. The priorities are to protect the population and infrastructure, and neutralize the threat of organized armed groups. Two-Year follow-up Colombian authorities’ intelligence work to counter GAOR Third Commission and alias José Tombe started in 2017. “We were monitoring alias José Tombe in a coordinated effort with our Colombian Air Force, through a technical, deep, and specialized investigation,” said Lt. Col. Bretón. “We were able to identify the modus operandi of this individual.” Investigations showed that the structure operated in different municipalities of Cauca department. Alias José Tombe was in charge of extortion and kidnapping to obtain funding for the criminal network. He reported to alias Caqueteño, leader of GAOR Third Commission, and alias Mauricio, second in command. “This person was in charge of conducting the extortions and moving the logistics aspects of this group,” Colombian Army Brigadier General Jorge Herrera Díaz, commander of the 29th Army Brigade in Popayán, Cauca’s capital, told Diálogo. “Many times, this individual personally demanded money from shopkeepers.” In July 2018, authorities intensified intelligence efforts as extortions increased in the region. According to Lt. Col. Bretón, amounts demanded from victims went up from $300 to more than $60,000. “Those who didn’t pay for these extortions were subject to terrorism, such as attacks with explosive devices or grenades, and murder,” the officer said. “Through intelligence work, we were able to identify the perpetrators of these crimes against shopkeepers, drivers, coffee growers, ranchers, from whom extortion fees were demanded on behalf of Third Commission.” The capture “We carried out several operations,” said Brig. Gen. Herrera. “In fact, we already attempted to capture this individual twice, but since he was from the area, he manipulated the people to revolt against us.” GAULA Cauca’s monitoring led to the criminal’s capture at a gas station in Cajibío municipality. “Once he noticed the troops, he tried to escape. He tried to deceive us, but we were able to determine he was driving a motorcycle,” said Brig. Gen. Herrera. Authorities handed over the criminal to the Prosecutor’s Office of Popayán. The capture is one of many successful operations against GAOR Third Commission. “With the arrest of José Tombe, we made five captures,” said Brig. Gen. Herrera. “These captures are part of nine neutralizations we carried out against this ring. We’ve been continuously weakening it.” Combined work According to Brig. Gen. Herrera, the population played an important role in the success of the joint effort. “We couldn’t have achieved this if the people hadn’t reported the extortion,” the officer said. Lt. Col. Bretón also praised GAULA’s specialized work and their contribution to eradicate crime in Colombia. “The strength that GAULA service members can have to carry out these strategic blows brings peace and well-being to the community and society,” he concluded.last_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday’s DraftKings, FanDuel NHL DFS contests

first_imgMORE:  Free one-week trial of Fantasy Alarm’s PRO toolsToday’s NHL DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, Nov. 7Center: William Karlsson, Golden Knights @ Maple Leafs. Karlsson collected a pair of assists for the second-straight contest on Tuesday, pushing his point streak to 5 games.Wing: Filip Forsberg, Predators @ Avalanche. Forsberg has notched the fifth-most points for any NHL player against the Avalanche with 26 (13 goals, 13 assists) in 24 games.Wing: Mark Stone, Golden Knights @ Maple Leafs. Stone has contributed to 18 Las Vegas goals this season, with eight goals and 10 assists. He has burned the Maple Leafs for 10 goals and 30 points in 21 games.Defenseman: Thomas Chabot, Senators vs. Kings. Chabot has four points in his last six games, along with 17 shots in that span. The shot totals provide a good floor for Chabot.Defenseman: Quinn Hughes, Canucks @ Blackhawks. Hughes has been a huge part of the Canucks’ power play, with eight of his 11 points coming on the man advantage. Thursday’s NHL schedule features an 11-game slate for those in NHL DFS contests. With a ton of players to choose from for DraftKings and FanDuel GPP and cash lineups, Fantasy Alarm is here to help with a look at its daily fantasy hockey playbook.Editor’s Note:  This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s NHL DFS Playbook for Thursday. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy hockey competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of  Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers. Goalie: Anders Nilsson, Senators vs. Kings. Nilsson was sharp in his last outing stopping, 32-of-34 shots in a 6-2 win over the Rangers on Monday. He has a solid .922 save percentage in his six appearances.                                         Pos PlayerMatchupFDDKY!BreakDownCE. [email protected] 8:30$7300$7200$27Go Pro!CW. [email protected] 7:00$6600$6600$22See above.CM. [email protected] 7:00$6400$6800$23Go Pro!CJ. [email protected] 7:30$4400$5000$17Go Pro!CC. [email protected] 9:00$4200$4200$15Go Pro!LWA. [email protected] 7:00$9000$8100$35Go Pro!LWF. [email protected] 9:00$7400$7700$23See above.RWM. [email protected] 7:00$7900$6900$27See above.RWE. [email protected] 9:00$6600$6500$20Go Pro!RWB. [email protected] 7:00$7300$7100$23Go Pro!RWC. [email protected] 9:00$4000$5000$17Go Pro!WV. [email protected] 7:30$4500$4000$16Go Pro!DR. [email protected] 9:00$6700$7100$26Go Pro!DT. [email protected] 7:30$5300$6100$19See above.DQ. [email protected] 8:30$4400$4500$17See above.DN. [email protected] 7:00$4400$4800$17Go Pro!DA. [email protected] 9:00$4600$4100$17Go Pro!GD. [email protected] 9:00$8700$8300$31Go Pro!GJ. [email protected] 8:30$7600$7500$32Go Pro!GB. [email protected] 7:00$8000$7600$24Go Pro!GA. [email protected] 7:30$7300$7700$25See above.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!last_img read more