Body of Ecuador gangster Júnior Roldán who was assassinated in exile on May 6, was stolen from cemetery crypt on Tuesday night
Roldan’s body was stolen from cemetery crypt in Colombia by rival gangsters to carry out ‘satanic ritual’, Colombian police claim
Júnior Alexander Roldán Paredes, aka Júnior , number two in Los Choneros, a prison gang which has been terrorizing Ecuador, had been found shot dead in the town of Fredonia in May
Colombian media reported that Roldán hired a bodyguard, who betrayed and killed him to steal his hoard of cash
Roldán’s remains were placed in a wall vault in the town of Envigado after no one had claimed his body
Police confirmed that a number of men had broken into the cemetery overnight and taken the body.
He was one of the founding leaders of Los Choneros, the Ecuador-based gang specializing in drugs and extortion with links to cartels in Colombia and Mexico
Ecuadorean gang leader Júnior Alexander Roldán Paredes, [photo], was killed in Colombia and buried in a cemetery in Envigado, south of Medellín. His body has disappeared from its resting place in a cemetery
The body of an Ecuadorean gang leader has disappeared from its resting place in a cemetery in Colombia, police say.
The remains of Júnior Alexander Roldán Paredes, aka Júnior, the former leader of a notorious Ecuadorian gang Los Choneros was placed in a wall vault in Envigado, a town in the province of Antioquia, Colombia after no one had claimed his body.
Roldán’s, the number two in Los Choneros, a prison gang which has been terrorizing Ecuador, was assassinated in the Antioquia municipality of Fredonia on May 6.
The notorious gangster fled to Colombia after surviving two previous attempts on his life in his native Ecuador. His body was found with bullet wounds to the head in a wooded area in Antioquia.
Police in Colombia suspect he was killed by his bodyguard who wanted to steal the large hoard of cash the gang leader had taken with him when he went into hiding.
They identified him by his tattoos and he was laid to rest in a wall vault at the central cemetery just south of Medellín on 18 May.
However, no arrests have been made in connection with his murder.
The body of notorious gang boss Júnior Roldán’s was stolen from a crypt in Cementerio Central du Envigado in Columbia on Tuesday night
Police said the crypt where the remains of Júnior Roldán were laid to rest was broken into Tuesday night. Workers entered the cemetery Wednesday morning and were alarmed that one of the entrance doors had been left opened.
A priest joined the workers for an inspection of the site and noticed that the crypt’s cement cover has been destroyed. Officials later confirmed that the vault in question had contained the body of Júnior Roldán.
Envigado police confirmed that a number of men had broken into the cemetery overnight and taken the body, adding that Roldán’s body may have been taken by Los Choneros rivals or that it was exhumed for a satanic ritual.
Roldán, the feared number two in Ecuador’s Los Choneros gang, was assassinated in the Antioquia municipality of Fredonia, Colombia on May 6. Specializing in drug trafficking and extortion, the gang has terrorized Ecuador, and controls the country’s prison gang system
Roldán fled to Colombia after surviving two previous attempts on his life in his native Ecuador. Released from jail February 14 after he was granted his application for habeas corpus, required to wear an ankle monitor, but was declared a fugitive in March when he removed the tracking device and vanished
So far it is not clear if the suspects had targeted the gang leader’s remains in particular and what their motive may have been.
Roldán had many enemies. Before he fled Ecuador, he had been shot and injured by members of a rival gang calling itself Los Lobos [The Wolves].
He had previously survived an attack in which drones laden with explosives were set off above the prison wing in which he was detained at the time. He was nearly killed during a March 16 shootout that left five people dead and six wounded.
Roldán was the co-founding leader of Los Choneros, infact the number two man in the cartel.
Los Choneros which mainly engages in drug trafficking and extortion is one of the most powerful gangs in Ecuador that has links to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and controls trafficking routes Mexico and the United States. After many of its members were jailed, it became one of Ecuador’s most powerful prison gangs, controlling many aspects of life inside the country’s penitentiaries and also directing criminal operations from behind bars.
Los Choneros is thought to have been behind some of the most gruesome prison fights in Ecuador, in which dozens of inmates were killed and at times beheaded.
In recent years, the gang has forged links with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, an alliance which has further boosted its power.
Police in Ecuador arrested gang leader Júnior Roldán along with other alleged members of Los Choneros in December 2022
The gang managed to strengthen its structure with its influence of the prison system in Ecuador before seeing that power slowly diminish as rival gang, the Lobos, linked with others criminal groups.
Roldán had been in prison for a list of crimes, including two murders, and in 2022 applied to be transferred to house arrest because he was suffering from arterial hypertension, diabetes, grade 3 hepatic steatosis and liver cirrhosis.
A judge granted the released because the gang leader’s ‘life and health (were) at imminent risk.’
He was released from prison December 15, 2022 and was arrested hours later after police found guns in a vehicle he was traveling on.
Roldán was released from jail February 14 after a judge granted his application for habeas corpus and required him to wear an ankle monitor.
Roldán one of the founding members was number two in the feared Los Choneros, the Ecuador-based gang with links to Colombian and Mexican drug cartels who also specialized in extortion and ran the prison gang system in Ecuador
Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso slammed the court for granting Roldan’s freedom.
‘The Government of Ecuador declared war on drug trafficking, organized crime and anti-patriotic mafias that steal our peace and tranquility,’ Lasso said.
‘And now a corrupt prosecutor and a bad judge are trying to free one of the most dangerous criminals in the country: Júnior Alexander Roldán Paredes, alias Júnior.’
On March 23, an Ecuadorian judge declared him a fugitive when he removed the tracking device and went missing.