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‘Dangerous’ Colombian criminal leader wanted by Interpol captured in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — Quintana Roo authorities have captured a Colombian criminal leader in Cancun that was wanted by Interpol. The captured man, Nelson Enrique “N”, had been designated by Colombian authorities as “dangerous”.

Elements of the FGE of Quintana Roo and the Secretary of the Navy arrested the top Colombian leader of a gang “Los del Sur”. According to information released by the FGE Monday, Nelson Enrique “N” was captured in Cancun Saturday.

Nelson Enrique “N” has been named the leader of the criminal group “Los del Sur” characterized by carrying out actions of high criminal impact in Colombia. He was wanted by Interpol.

Nelson Enrique “N” was captured January 13 after local authorities carried out search, location, monitoring and reconnaissance work. After an arduous investigation, it was possible to identify and arrest this dangerous subject, the FGE reported.

“The subject known by the alias “Poporro” was arrested while driving a black Tucson Hundai vehicle on Punta Nizuc Boulevard in Cancun January 13.

“Nelson Enrique “N” has an arrest warrant in Colombia for homicide, aggravated robbery and drug trafficking, as well as for trafficking in firearms and explosives, and has 74 investigations in force for different crimes.

Nelson Enrique “N” was captured in Cancun January 13, 2024.

“Five homicides have been attributed to him, six attacks and the marketing of 50 percent of the drugs in the metropolitan area of Bucaramanga,” they added.

According to intelligence reports, he began his criminal life in 2006 as a member of the ELN Organized Armed Group and in 2009 he led an organized crime gang called “La Banda Poporro.”

Currently, he was wanted by the International Police (Interpol), while Colombian authorities were offering a reward of 100 million Colombian pesos for information that lead to his capture.

“El Poporro” emigrated to Mexico after being the victim of an attack by an opposing criminal group since the “Los del Sur” gang is considered one of the most dangerous criminal structures in the South American country.

Cancun authorities escort Nelson Enrique “N” to INM facilities for his return to Colombia.

After being captured, Nelson Enrique “N” was transferred to Colombia with the support of the National Migration Institute (INM), where he will face justice for the crimes reported against him.