An absurd and cinematographic vehicular accident was the key clue that led to the capture of a powerful drug trafficker who had been in the shadows for six years, shipping cocaine from the Colombian coast through the streets of the United States.
The protagonist of this story is Javier Alexis López Murillo, aka Toyota, who coincidentally becomes the first extraditable person caught in our country in 2023.
It all started in 2017, when the DEA traced several cocaine shipments to the state of Florida. They moved in boats from the Pacific coast, had collection points in Central America and, as a peculiar feature, the alkaloid blocks were marked with the logos of two well-known brands: Nike and Toyota.
The investigation focused on a criminal network with interference in the departments of Cauca and Valle, but it was still unclear who was the drug trafficker leading it.
At 10:45 a.m. on March 15, 2021, an unusual event occurred in the Finito urbanism of the Castropol neighborhood, southeast of Medellin: a BMW armored van fell into the void from a parking lot located on the fifth floor.
There were three people inside the luxurious vehicle: the driver Villar Bermúdez López, 19 years old and born in Isthmina (Choco); and passengers Luis Mosquera Aguilar, 32 and also from Isthmina, and Alex Pineda Guerrero, 38 and a native of Buenaventura (Valley). The latter died from the brutal impact.
When rescue workers arrived to deal with the emergency, they found a stash inside the vehicle with two pistols, a revolver and 6 million pesos in cash. The case soon caught the attention of the police.
Inquiries by neighbors revealed that the injured man had come to Cali from Urbania to visit a tenant who was known to have a rowdy party with prostitutes in his apartment.
The tenant turns out to be “Toyota”, a suspected Pacific drug trafficker the DEA is looking for.
The men who fell into the void were his escorts. He wore a gold chain and jewelry worth at least 500 million pesos.
Parking lot security cameras caught them backing away, apparently in the middle of an argument, when the truck accelerated, destroyed the retaining wall and flew into a children’s playground.
(E) Colonel Edgar Cárdenas, head of the Anti-Narcotics Directorate of the National Police, remarked that – from that case – the follow-up began that ended, two years later, with the capture of the “Toyota”.
Colonel Cárdenas said, “Since 2007 (“Toyota”) may have shipped about five tons of drugs, which are needed by the United States authorities.
The grille commandos had surprised him two weeks earlier, while he was enjoying a holiday in front of the astonished gaze of tourists at El Rodadero beach in Santa Marta; And being forced to lie on the sand along with his companions, the policemen handcuffed him.
According to criminal records documented by police, López Murillo “managed the finances within the organization, coordinated everything related to production and shipments in Central America, and made connections to cartels in Mexico and Guatemala.”
The detainee was taken to La Picota prison in Bogotá, awaiting resolution of the extradition process. “Toyota” has been indicted in the United States Court for the Middle District of Florida on two counts of drug trafficking