HomeColombiaLuis E. Calle Serna
COLOMBIA

Luis E. Calle Serna

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES LATEST UPDATE 2017-02-16 22:07:27 EN

Luis Enrique Calle Serna was a leader in the feared and ambitious Rastrojos criminal organization in Colombia. He surrendered to US authorities in Panama on October 2, 2012, and was sentenced to nine years in prison by a US court on February 10, 2017.

History

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

Group:  Rastrojos

Criminal Activities: Drug trafficking

Status: Captured

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 PanamaHe was eventually sentenced to nine years in prison by a New York court as part of a plea deal in February 2017.

Criminal Activities

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.

Geography

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.

Prospects

Since Calle Serna has been in US custody since 2012, he could be released as early as 2020But his freedom may be short lived, as the United States will deport him back to Colombia where he is expected face charges of criminal association and drug trafficking.

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Related Content

COLOMBIA PERSONALITIES / 8 NOV 2019

Leider Noscue, known by his alias “Mayimbú,” is currently one of the highest-value military targets in the department of Cauca,…

AUC / 12 DEC 2011

Medellin native Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias "Mi Sangre," had a prolific criminal career that saw him…

COLOMBIA / 15 AUG 2011

Defectors from the Rastrojos, one of Colombia's most powerful gangs, have revealed a payroll of corrupt officials in one region…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Strategic Communications Manager Job Description

12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …