New police action against a racketeering ring has brought an end to a string of violent robberies in Colombia’s capital.
On Wednesday, police arrested the ringleader, Ramon Marín, who had taken over the business from a local businessman.
He had fled to Mexico after being arrested for tax evasion and racketeering in the Philippines in 2014.
“He has fled to the Philippines, where he will face charges of racketeering and illegal possession of firearms,” the police said.
Marín was also the ring leader of a separate gang of gunmen who killed four men in the capital in September.
In a bid to stop them, police fired live ammunition and a grenade at the gang.
The gang had attacked shops and homes in the city centre, stealing money, mobile phones and computers, and setting fire to cars.
The police also arrested two of Marín’s sons.
One of them, who was later killed in a shootout, was a gang member, police said, adding that a second son had been arrested in the case.
Marín is accused of leading the gang from the Philippines to the Colombo market in Colombe, where it robbed and looted.
The Colombo fruit mafia has been operating in Colomobe for years.
A gang of armed men from Manila used to operate there, but they left after the death of their boss.
Marcin has been involved in the business for some time, police told The Times Of India.