Raids on the home of the head of the Rosario Centra barrabrava, Andrés "Pillín" Bracamonte, and the leader of the Rosario UOCRA, Carlos Vergara, left a shocking booty: almost 40 million pesos and 18,300 dollars. There were also procedures in eight homes linked to people linked to the construction union in Greater Rosario.
Bracamonte and Vergara, general secretary of the union's branch in Rosario, have been detained since Wednesday, as part of a case that investigates an alleged illicit association based on possible extortion, related to the provision of food to construction employees.
In total, there were 10 searches, by order of the prosecutor of the Economic and Complex Crimes Unit, Miguel Moreno.
The balance, according to the report that the Police released a day after the raids, amounts to 39,190,450 pesos and 18,300 dollars. In addition, they obtained threefirearms, vehicles and posters from the UOCRA.
The head of the Rosaroi Central barrabrava and the secretary general Uocra were arrested on Wednesday. Photo: Juan José García
Bracamonte's lawyer denied the alleged illicit origin of the money. The lawyer said that these are funds coming from companies because his client "is engaged in absolutely lawful activities."
In addition to Bracamonte and Vergara, eight other arrests were made as a result of the raids. Those arrested will go to an arraignment hearing next week, judicial sources said.
Of the cash, six million were kidnapped from the home of Bracamonte, the boss of the Rosario Central barrabrava for two decades.
The same prosecutor, Moreno, indicted "Pillín" in 2020 for alleged money laundering through companies and front men.
The bar's defense lawyer, Carlos Varela, recalled on Thursday that "the prosecutor has had for three years a series of affidavits and accounting experts where the origin of the funds of Andrés' companies was determined."
According to the lawyer, "these economic analyses, carried out by graduates in economics and accountants, approved by the Professional Council of Economic Sciences, have been admitted within the criminal investigation," which Moreno began in 2020.
"Andrés is already a big man, who has a family," Varela continued in statements to Rosario's La Ocho radio. And he added that his client "is engaged in absolutely lawful activities and has not displayed any criminal conduct."
Police personnel take away elements of the raids linked to the arrest of the head of the Central bar and the leader of the UOCRA. Photo: Juan José García
In Bracamonte's defense, he maintained that "if he had a problem some time ago, where a crime could be attributed to him, the man has corrected his past."
Finally, he pointed out that "we are hopeful that in the indictment hearing the judges will grant him freedomand shed light on this whole situation."
The details of the case for which "Pillín" Bracamonte and the leader of the UOCRA are detained
Prosecutor Moreno is investigating a series of alleged extortions that have as their axis the food service used by UOCRA workers in the constructions, whose headquarters in San Lorenzo and Santa Fe were shot at in recent months, judicial spokespersons explained.
The investigation is also based on the complaint of a leader of the construction union who reported having received threats to get him to leave his position, the informants added.
One of the procedures carried out in the original case, in 2020, took place at the home of Martín "Pitito" Martínez, the number two of the "rogue" barra brava, who was arrested for the discovery of a .380 caliber pistol, ammunition, club clothing, empty bags for transporting funds and a diver and 40 UOCRA bibs, a finding that caught the attention of the researchers.
The names of Bracamonte and Vergara were also knotted in the statement that Cristian Nicolás Avalle, alias "Pupito," made last October when he was accused of being the leader of a gang accused of shootings at union entities.
Avalle is being held in the federal prison in the Buenos Aires town of Ezeiza and charged with other cases of shootings, while facing a drug trafficking case along with the head of "Los Monos," Ariel "Guille" Cantero, for whom a cell is supposed to operate in the city of Villa Gobernador Gálvez.
In that statement, "Pupito" asked to be called to testify to Bracamonte and Vergara, and from the wiretaps of the case it emerged that Avalle sought by violent methods to take over the business of providing food to UOCRA workers.
With information from Télam