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Colombia arrests criminal gang leader


10:12, July 27, 2013

BOGOTA, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Colombian police said Friday they have arrested Hernan Arturo Cantillo, a leader of Los Rastrojos, one of the main drug trafficking and criminal bands in the country.

Cantillo, who was also wanted by Interpol, has been detained near Galapa municipality in Colombia's northern department of Atlantico, police said in a statement, without specifying the date of the arrest.

Cantillo was accused of leading and coordinating actions of Los Rastrojos in several departments of the Colombian Atlantic coast, besides being the main detractor of the Law for Victims and Land Restitution promoted by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos to compensate the victims of the armed conflict, the statement said.

The detainee faces several charges including the felonies of homicide, the statement said.

In April, the Colombian president offered a reward of 200 million Colombian pesos (about 105,000 U.S. dollars) for the arrest of Cantillo, who was also a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group.

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