Calle Serna was a top leader of the Rastrojos criminal syndicate in Colombia, perhaps the country’s most ambitious and sophisticated drug trafficking organization. His older brother, Javier Antonio Calle Serna, alias 'Comba' was the top leader of the Rastrojos until handing himself over to the US in May 2012 and some say Luis may have ridden his coat tails into the Colombian underworld. Still, with experience overseeing cocaine laboratories along the Pacific Coast and connections to Mexican drug cartels, in particular the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, he commanded respect. He is a trained pilot.
Luis E. Calle Serna Factbox
DOB: August 16, 1976
Criminal Activities: Drug trafficking
Area of Operation: Ecuador and Colombia's Pacific Coast
After reportedly negotiating his surrender for months with the United States, he handed himself over on October 2, 2012 in Panama.
Calle Serna was a leader of the Rastrojos, which until recently was one of Colombia's largest drug trafficking organizations. The Rastrojos are also involved in extortion and kidnapping, as well as illegal mining.
Calle Serna kept a low profile and was believed to have operated out of Ecuador and along the Pacific Coast in Colombia where much of the Rastrojos’ operations are based. He had been living in Venezuela immediately prior to his arrest.
Allies and Enemies
Calle Serna worked closely with his brother, Comba, to establish the Rastrojos as one of Colombia's most powerful drug trafficking organizations. However, shortly before their arrest, the Calle Serna brothers were reportedly at odds with Diego Rastrojo over whether or not to turn themselves, creating two competing factions within the criminal organization.
The willingness of the Calle Serna brothers to cooperate with US authorities may yet win them a reduced prison sentence.