POLICE are working with the International Criminal Police Organisation, Interpol, and the Venezuelan authorities in connection with Sunday’s arrest of a wanted Venezuelan gang leader at Point Fortin.
Up to late yesterday the man, nicknamed “El Culón,” was being interviewed in Port of Spain by police from various specialised units, including the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, through an interpreter.
The 26-year-old suspect has been identified as the leader of the notorious Evander gang, which operates in Tucupita, the capital city of Delta Amacuro state.
Media sources in Venezuela told Newsday, El Culón is believed to have assumed control of Evander recently after its former leader Miguel Barrada Morales, 28, was killed by Venezuelan authorities in March. El Culón is wanted back home for multiple murders, kidnappings and drug trafficking. Venezuela media said the gang controls all illegal activities in Altagracia, a community within Tucupita.