A police intervention that began in the early hours of Monday, on Rafael Hernandez Street, and culminated on 45th Street of the Colinas de Monte Carlos Urbanization, in Rio Piedras, ended with the arrest of several alleged members of the criminal organization “The FARC” (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cantera) as well as with the occupation of a vehicle and several firearms.
Those arrested by the San Juan Criminal Intelligence Division, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Drug Division, were identified as Ricardo Alfonso Fernandez Ulloa, Bryan Joel Diaz Hernandez, Roberto Jared Andino Tremols, Ezequiel “Cachete” Olivo Bido and Junior Francisco “Vaquero” Alcantara Escoboso. These last two were identified as alleged FARC gunmen.
Among the weapons seized, there are two Glock pistols, an AR-15 rifle, three AR-15 rifle magazines, five Glock magazines, 109 5.56×45 caliber ammunition and 99 .40 caliber ammunition. Both pistols and the rifle were modified to fire automatically, which is a federal crime.
A white Toyota Tacoma bus, from 2017, with license plate 961217, was also seized at the scene.
A month ago, on December 7, the Investigative Branch of the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) assumed jurisdiction over some of those arrested during an operation in San Juan. Among the individuals arrested on that occasion was the alleged current leader of the FARC, Juan Jose de la Cruz Nateraand four other alleged members of the gang.
De la Cruz Natera was found in a house in the Barrio Obrero sector, along with his 59-year-old mother, and another woman, 31 years old. Additionally, 84 pills and $14,360 in cash were seized at the scene.
According to the commissioner, De la Cruz Natera, is the brother of Vladimir Natera Abreuwho was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of a 2019 grand jury indictment against 75 alleged members of the same criminal organization.