Over the years, state and federal authorities They follow the trail of a dangerous and bloody criminal organization spreading terror across the land. Puerto Ricoleading to large-scale actions and widespread accusatory rhetoric aimed at dismantling drug gang.
In this work, police entities not only crack down on criminal enterprises, but also reveal their “modus operandi” to the state, including their roles, names of leaders, profits, territories they dominate, and even the controlled substances they distribute.
but Have you ever wondered what is the internal structure of a criminal organization? What is the hierarchy of medicine points? What role do they play? How have medicine point operations evolved? How many people have been hired?
“This type of bargaining, this type of organization, operates like a corporation. Its participants have different roles, they have different jobs within the company, and of course, they have their own rules. ” federal prosecutor’s office, Alberto Lopez Rocafort.
Like a legitimate company, explains López Rocafort a new day Drug gangs have “Employees with different tasks”,but what “The problem with criminal organizations is that whoever breaks the rules pays death.”
“They have everything from bosses to managers, people who provide security, sellers, people who transport drugs, ‘runners’, and facilitators who somehow obtain guns or keep drugs or weapons,” he asserted.
Consistent with the above, Wilson LeBron Otaniodirector Bureau of Narcotics, Narcotics, Vice Control and Illegal Weapons of police stationIt was explained that at the drug site level, structures include so-called “monkeys,” administrators, suppliers or “runners,” shooters and even gunmen.
In the pyramid, first, “mistake”who is the owner of the medicine point, followed by “Administrator or Manager”who is responsible for making the square; and “Supplier or Operator”responsible for providing “material” to the shooter.
“Suppliers or runners” are the people who supply supplies to the shooters. They are the logistics personnel responsible for supplying the drug points when the goods are unloaded.LeBron explained.
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The criminal organization map continues “shooter” Drugs, as they are called in other countries “drug dealer”responsible for selling drugs in areas controlled by the organization, and “trigger” LeBron mentioned, or “Guys who are ordered to protect the score.”
“Sometimes operations have changed. Now we can talk about the consortium. Before we intervene in the drug point, you discover a giant point that is being fought and interfered with by other forces that want to invade and capture it.We’ve seen this change“He added.
Elaborating on the point changes, LeBlanc explained, “What we have today is a lot of points. So the points respond in different ways to the owners of that area, and what they do is pay ‘rent’ to Allow them to sell their materials on the site.”
“For this reason, if you make an intervention in a place where before there was usually just one point, now you can see more points, but they are reacting to the same thing (the same ‘error’). It’s a a model of new entry into the market and we are seeing this through research, intervention and evidence,” he added.
LeBlanc pointed out that there are other numbers on top of the so-called “bichotes” that authorities have used as cards in recent operations. “We’re talking about higher-level people like suppliers, investors,” explain.
“In the last operation we did, we affected these cards, which were not those that were retailed in bags, but those that were sold to the little guy so that he could sell them at retail. These were the people who were directly contacted to buy ( drugs), whether in Colombia or elsewhere,” he explained.
In this regard, LeBron mentioned this action “high profile”Its arrestees were not drug users but drug dealers and arms sellers who worked to supply controlled substances at wholesale levels to various locations and to supply gunmen with firearms, which they then used to commit violent crimes.
He explained that in another operation, there were people who invested and bought drugs in large quantities, there were people who were responsible for logistics, there were people who transported drugs to the island, and there were even people who collected the goods.
“That’s another operation. Puerto Rico is a bridge. “For the most part, the advantage of this business is not only that (the shipments) stay in Puerto Rico, which is the minimum volume, but that it goes to the United States, and The U.S. is where the real demand is strong,” he commented.
To be precise, federal authorities revealed in December 2023 that family criminal organization He was dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering through various business entities. The bargain also contacts people who win from traditional lotteries, obtain them, and then redeem them as an additional mechanism to “clean up” illegal winnings.
The amended indictment brings 60 charges against 18 charged members and exposes the gang’s alleged José Julio Rodríguez Cumba, alias “Chambi”He allegedly continued his operations from federal prison.
inside the dome “Senior leadership”those “responsible for day-to-day organizational and operational decisions in Puerto Rico,” followed by “Group Leader”who are responsible for the decisions of America’s crime “panel.”
At position “C” is located “Money launderer”Responsible for conducting financial transactions to legalize and disguise millions of dollars in drugs shipped from South America to Puerto Rico and then to the United States, documents say.
After these, in the last position, is “trigger”The federal indictment details that they were “responsible for protecting and securing the organization’s assets and members from competitors and committing acts of violence in the name of the organization.”
At a press conference held on December 1, 2023, when the “Foundation” operation was launched against this organization, the head of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office stated, William Stephen Modeloemphasized “The defendants performed various roles to further the objectives of the conspiracy.”
The defendants were charged with importing cocaine and marijuana, possessing a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime, and laundering money between Puerto Rico and the United States.