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Colombia Seizes China-Made Guns from Rastrojos Gang

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 1 AUG 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

Authorities seized a stash of Chinese weapons, thought to belong to the leaders of the Rastrojos gang, from a vehicle in the south Colombia city of Cali.

The seizure included 47 AK-47s with a black market value between $7,000 and $10,000 each, and more than 200 magazines, according to national police chief General Oscar Naranjo.

The confiscated arms are thought to belong to brothers Javier Antonio and Luis Enrique Calle Serna, alias "Los Comba," the heads of the Rastrojos. It is suspected that the seized arms were part of a 10,000-piece shipment that arrived in the coastal city of Buenaventura.

Naranjo said that the weapons were being taken by car to operatives in the Pacific departments of Cauca and Nariño.

Over 1,115 Chinese-made rifles have been confiscated in the city of Cali in the last three years, according to reports.

As InSight Crime has reported, the Rastrojos are increasingly emerging as one of the two biggest drug gangs in Colombia, alongside the Urabeños.

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