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Colombia seizes one ton of El Chapo’s cocaine

Seized one ton of cocaine found in a van truck that had picked up somewhere on the Magdalena River basin

 

Colombia seizes one ton of El Chapo’s cocaine

Colombia seizes one ton of El Chapo’s cocaine

Police seized drugs from Colombia, a ton of cocaine that was transported across a road northwest of the country and was bound for Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, sources officers in the South American country’s capital.

The contraband was hidden in a truck van that had picked up somewhere in the middle basin of the Magdalena River and moved to Medellin, said in a statement the Drug (Diran) of the National Police.

The source said that the drug, valued at $ 35 million, was packed in 866 packages were introduced in a “double bottom wall” of the truck, whose driver was arrested.

The cocaine belonged to the Office of Envigado, armed drug trafficking organization based in the town of the same name, as established by Diran.

The band of Envigado, a town near Medellin, was to head to Erickson Vargas, Sebastian , who was captured last Wednesday during a police assault on a village near this city.

The Diran said that this contraband, valued at $ 35 million was to be sent to the Sinaloa cartel, led by Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera.

The drug vehicle was stopped in the rural area of Caldas, a town also near Medellin, in an operation that left from data supplied by an informant, according to the strength drug.  During the procedure, became available to the Attorney General Nation the truck driver, identified as Diego Alejandro Ramirez Montoya, who was charged for trafficking offenses, possession and sale of narcotics.

The operations of the criminal organization of El Chapo Guzman have been affected in recent months in Colombia.

Other hits

In April, Colombian authorities seized 58 assets, including 36 properties purchased with money from El Chapo Guzman, which was estimated at 15 million dollars.

After four years of research and support of the Attorney General and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for its acronym in English) was able to identify and seize assets, including 36 properties owned by Pedro Antonio Bermudez Suaza, Architect , Shorty operator in the South American country.

In September 2011, police in Colombia was 301 property, including houses, vehicles, farms and lots of land, which was the name of Guzman Lorea Colombian proxies, in a vast operation against the finances of drug traffickers.

Some 500 police occupied the property and real estate in Bogota and five different departments of Colombia, Bolivar and Atlantico and Cundinamarca, in central China and in the Valle del Cauca in southern Colombia and Antioquia.

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Colombia’s top drug trafficker arrested; Extradition to USA + 5M$ reward?

 

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias 'Valenciano,

Venezuela has captured one of Colombia‘s top drug traffickers, just as President Juan Manuel Santos visited his Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas, an arrest that may have profound implications for the Colombian underworld.

Maximiliano Bonilla, alias ‘Valenciano,’ was one of Colombia’s most powerful and prolific drug traffickers, running a criminal empire in the city of Medellin and along the Caribbean Coast. He headed a series of criminal organizations, including factions of the ‘Oficina de Envigado’ in Medellin and the ‘Paisas’ along the coast, from their operating base in the city of Barranquilla.

It was not a coincidence that he was arrested on the eve of the meeting in Venezuela between Presidents Juan Manuel Santos and Hugo Chavez. An intelligence source said that the Colombian police intelligence, DIPOL, had been following members of Bonilla’s family for two years, and had pin pointed his movements, feeding the information to the Venezuelan authorities to secure the arrest on Sunday night to highlight the increasing cooperation between the two nations. Despite having a security detail of 15 triggermen, all with Venezuelan IDs like himself, Bonilla came without a fight in the Venezuelan city of Maracay in Aragua state on the Caribbean Coast.

The Venezuelan Interior Minister, Tarek El Aissami, said that Bonilla, aged 39, would be sent to the U.S., where there is a five-million dollar reward for him, as well as an extradition warrant on drug trafficking charges.

“This is one of the most important captures we have made in recent years in Venezuela,” stated El Aissami.

Bonilla had tried to change his appearance from the heavyset, clean shaven look on his wanted poster, to a mustached, bespectacled and slighter version, thanks to a gastric bypass. He has also been constantly on the move, not just in Venezuela and Colombia, but passing through Panama and perhaps other Central American nations.

Bonilla’s criminal career began in Medellin, and it is here that his arrest is likely to have the greatest effect. Underworld legend has it that Bonilla’s father was killed when he was 13 years old and he was ‘adopted’ by Diego Murillo, alias ‘Don Berna,’ the successor of Pablo Escobar in Medellin. Bonilla became a favorite of Murillo’s and one of his most trusted assassins, consummating his first kill when he was just 15 and by 16 was running his own group of hit men.

When Murillo was extradited to the U.S. in 2008, and his successor, Carlos Mario Aguilar, alias ‘Rogelio,’ did a deal with U.S. authorities, a war broke out for supremacy in Medellin, principally between Bonilla and his arch rival Erick Vargas Cardenas, alias ‘Sebastian.’ While Bonilla was the most powerful of the two, in terms of resources, Vargas is believed to be in and around Medellin, leading his faction personally. Bonilla commanded the loyalty of around 1200 gang members in Medellin and has another 600 men along the Caribbean Coast. However with the arrest of Bonilla, the victory of Vargas in Medellin is still not assured, as another player has entered the city over the last two years: Led in Medellin by Henry de Jesus Lopez, alias ‘Mi Sangre,’ the Urabeños were born from the illegal right wing paramilitary army of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) and have many ex guerrilla and military fighters, able to carry out sophisticated operations with heavy firepower.

While the conflict in Medellin is certain to be affected by the capture of Bonilla, there may be a short-term consequence in Mexico, especially for his partners the Zetas. Bonilla is believed to have been one of the principal Colombian suppliers of cocaine to the Zetas as the latter wages its bloody war against the Sinaloa Cartel. An interruption to the supply of drugs may give the rival Sinaloans a temporary advantage they can exploit until the Zetas make up the shortfall. Shipments from Bonilla have been tracked by authorities not only in Mexico, but also Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras.

Within Colombia there have been reports that Bonilla had links to the rebel group of the National Liberation Army (ELN), securing a steady supply of coca base for his cocaine laboratories from the guerrillas, who control much of the coca crops in parts of Antioquia, Arauca, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño.

 
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Posted by on 11/29/2011 in Crime!

 

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