Top Colombian drug lord arrested in Venezuela

Last top Colombian drug lord arrested in Venezuela

Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:23PM GMT

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says one of the country’s most wanted drug traffickers has been captured in neighbouring Venezuela in an international sting led from Washington.

“The last of the great capos has fallen,” Santos announced on national television late on Tuesday, AFP reported.

He added that Daniel Barrera, known as “Crazy Barrera” and alleged to be Colombia’s last major drug lord, was captured in the western Venezuelan city of San Cristobal.

“Crazy Barrera has been perhaps the most wanted kingpin in recent times. He has dedicated 20 years to doing bad things to Colombia and the world, all types of crime, perverse alliances with FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels and paramilitaries,” Santos said.

He noted that the operation was directed from Washington by the head of Colombia’s national police, General Jose Leon Riano.

Santos thanked US and British intelligence agencies as well as Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’s government for their assistance in Barrera’s arrest.

Barrera’s gang is estimated to have sent more than 900 tons of cocaine to the United States and Europe

The Colombian government says Barrera’s smuggling ring was capable of sending 10 tons of cocaine a month to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

Barrera had a $5-million bounty on his head from the United States and a $2.7-million one from Colombia’s government.

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