Colombia captures 16 drug traffickers

14:46, July 08, 2010      

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The Colombian police Wednesday captured at least 16 members of a drug trafficking cartel led by the man commonly known as "El Loco" Barrera in different regions of the country.

Local and U.S. authorities consider Barrera one of the most wanted drug traffickers.

"Together with the Prosecutor's Office, we have conducted more than 30 raids in Bogota and other regions of the country, where we captured more than 16 people related to El Loco Barrera," police sources told Xinhua.

The sources added that the number of detainees could increase to 23. Among those arrested was Carlos Alberto Rincon, one of Barrera's partners.

The authorities said Barrera is responsible for trafficking tons of cocaine monthly to Central America, Europe and the United States. Local authorities are offering a reward of 2.5 million U.S. dollars for his capture, and U.S. courts demand his extradition.

In April, the Anti-Narcotics Police commander, General Francisco Patino, said more than 43,000 drug traffickers have been arrested in the past 16 months in Colombia.

Source: Xinhua


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