The arrest of Medellín's security secretary in north Colombia has rocked the city establishment and challenged the political elite's prevailing narrative it has spent years promoting. But was he mediating with criminals for the sake of peace and security or working at the service of the mafia?
The security secretary of Medellín, Colombia was arrested recently for allegedly colluding with what was long the city's most powerful crime syndicate, in an incident that underscores how organized crime retains significant political influence in the city despite a drastic reduction in violence over the past two decades.
A former associate of Pablo Escobar was killed in Colombia's second-largest city, leading to speculation that he continued to traffic drugs long after the fall of the Medellín Cartel.
The recent surrender of several gang members in Colombia is raising questions about the application of a legal reform meant to facilitate peace negotiations between the government and politically motivated guerrilla groups.