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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:37 PM

Medellin former security secretary reaches plea deal over mafia ties

by Adriaan Alsema February 12, 2018

Medellin‘s prosecution reportedly agreed to a 33-month prison sentence for the city’s former security secretary who was accused of ties to local crime syndicate La Oficina de Envigado.

Former Secretary Gustavo Villegas will only be charged of the crime of failing to report an extortion attempt on a family business, local newspaper El Colombiano reported Monday.

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Villegas, a member of one of Medellin’s most powerful political dynasties, was arrested in September last year on claims he helped bosses of La Oficina, which has controlled Medellin’s underworld since the 1980s.

The arrest sent a shock wave through Medellin’s political and economic elite that has long been accused of having ties to drug traffickers, organized crime and paramilitary groups that continue controlling the city’s neighborhoods and, according to the prosecution, the very top of the city’s government.


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