A couple of agents from the Drug Control Administration (DEA) arrived on Friday at the prosecution’s bunker, confident that Marlon Marín Marín and Fabio Simón Younes would agree to talk to them about the shipment of 10 tons of coca that they were going to send to the Mexican mafia.Publicidad:
The previous day they had sent messages to their cells and they hoped that some of them would agree to tell them what the narco-operative had been that put the former chief negotiator of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Jesús Santrich behind bars and the process of peace in one of its worst crises.
The surprise was greater when, at 8 o’clock in the morning, Marín appeared, expressing his willingness to cooperate with the United States justice in exchange for benefits.Publicidad:
For more than seven hours, he gave details to DEA agents of how he had ended up as an intermediary between the Sinaloa cartel and Santrich to move large quantities of drugs.
And he launched his first depth charge: the nephew of former FARC leader Iván Márquez (whose real name is Luciano Marín) said that the 10 tons of which he appears speaking in several audios was only the initial fee for other shipments that They were planning to send.
And he gave specific details of how they were getting the cocaine caches to meet the demands of Rafael Caro Quintero, third in command of the Sinaloa cartel.
According to Marín, they offered to take her to Barranquilla and even move her to a third country where, they claimed, she had contacts and allies.
And here came the second fact that ended up seducing the agents, who immediately asked Washington for permission to negotiate an agreement with the supposed Caqueta lawyer of 39 years, who is also a key piece in the attempts to plunder the post-conflict money.
El Tiempo established with sources close to the case that Marín said he was willing to give names of the powerful contacts they have in Venezuela to move cocaine shipments. The information was sufficient for the United States to curb its extradition request and make it a protected witness of that government.
And no wonder: a single man, a relative of a FARC leader, will testify against Santrich and, incidentally, against the Mexican capo they have just mounted on the list of the most wanted, and against other objectives based in Venezuela .
As if that were not enough, Marín agreed to travel immediately to New York and surrender, before, interrogation in Colombia about the entire scaffolding of corruption that helped to weave around the resources of the post-conflict.
In fact, on Saturday morning, while preparing luggage, met with a group of prosecutors. “We confirmed that in the recordings (revealed by El Tiempo) yes was talking about charging fees of up to 20% for the allocation of contracts and that there were officials involved. He also gave documentation and new names of those involved, including several mayors. The entire hypothesis of the Prosecutor’s Office was confirmed, “said an official source.
And he confirmed that on Monday, in the night, a DEA plane took Marin out of the country and that today he sleeps in fiscal facilities in New York.
If your collaboration is efficient, you may not pay even one day in jail.
The turn of Santrich
And although Santrich remains in his version that everything is a montage and even sent a defiant letter to the prosecutor Néstor Humberto Martínez, he already admitted his meeting with the Mexican emissaries, of which there is video.
But he said that what they were looking for was not coca but to invest in fish farming projects. And while his lawyer insists on demanding his immediate release through a habeas corpus, the former guerrilla leader was sent to La Picota prison.
Younes, for his part, was late for the appointment with the DEA. Therefore, his capture for extradition purposes has been legalized and, like Santrich, he must wait 60 days for the procedures to be completed.
However, his lawyer Pedro Escorcia told El Tiempo that Younes is not linked to drug trafficking and that he will renounce the practice of tests in the process to tell what he knows.
The fourth involved, Armando Gómez España (father of a former beauty queen), was notified in a clinic of the process against him. Gomez has not been able to attend any diligence because today he will be operated on for a cancer in the stomach.
The engineer Iván Cifuentes, who has come to light in the scandal of the management of the ‘checkbook of peace’, was separated by the University of the Andes from the process of technical advice to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).
As revealed by El Tiempo, Cifuentes is a sentimental partner of the decapitated director of Fondo Colombia en Paz (FCP), Gloria Ospina. But he only recognized that link to Los Andes on April 4. This motivated his directives to withdraw him immediately from the advice (officialized in a contract for 597 million pesos) and to pe