first published on March 6, 2018 by Will
Video shows a recent Colombian National Police raid on a veteran drug lord’s villa that resulted in his arrest.
The National Police arrested Elkin “El Patron” Triana on Sunday during a raid on a luxury villa in Amaga, 20 miles south of Medellin. Elkin is a 30-year veteran in the crime world and was even an enforcer for Pablo Escobar in the Medellin crime family back in the 1980’s.
Elkin is currently head of a violent drug trafficking syndicate in Medellin and the surrounding areas.
He has been arrested multiple times, but has escaped prison twice, and due to the corrupt nature of the Colombian judicial system and politics, he was also released from serving only 12 years of a 40 year prison sentence after being found guilty of ordering the murder of six people.
The National Police hope the arrest will bring an end to Triana’s 30 plus years of criminal activity. However, they fear he will only be released again.
While getting a violent drug lord off the streets is a good thing. His absence will likely create a power vacuum which will manifest itself in violence as would-be candidates compete to fill the void and seize positions of rank.