Colombia Arrests Suspect in Paraguayan Prosecutor’s Murder Expelled From El Salvador

Colombian Woman Arrested in Connection to Paraguayan Anti-Mafia Prosecutor’s Murder

Colombian woman Margaret Chacón was arrested on Saturday upon her return from El Salvador, where she had been detained and expelled. Chacón is suspected of being involved with the murder of Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who was killed in May in 2022 in Colombia.

El Salvador’s Minister of Justice and Security, Gustavo Villatoro, announced her expulsion on Twitter, where he was pictured being escorted by Interpol agents. “We reiterate: El Salvador will not be a refuge for international criminals”, Villatoro wrote.

Chacón was apprehended on Wednesday along with Salvadoran Wilber Huezo, who is accused of having hid her in El Salvador. In a raid of two homes, authorities confiscated passports, phones, laptops, and about 15,000 euros.

The U.S. offered a reward of 5 million dollars to anyone with information on Pecci’s murder. Possible suspects include the Brazilian Primeiro Comando da Capital, the Venezuelan Tren de Aragua, and the Uruguayan Clan Insfrán.

Pecci had been investigating cases of drug trafficking and organized crime in many countries, including Brazil and those of the Triple Border of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. Seven individuals have now been detained in connection to his murder.

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