Alleged narco-trafficker extradited to Colombia
By Dialogo February 14, 2012
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Ecuadoran authorities handed to their Colombian counterparts alleged narco-trafficker Heriberto Fernández, alias “Beto,” on the border city of Ipiales, in the southern department of Nariño.
The anti-narcotics chief of the Colombian Police, Gen. Luis Pérez, said Feb. 12 Fernández’s capture happened thanks to the “excellent relationship” between both countries and the joint cooperation of both nations in the fight against drugs.
“Thanks to the communication exchange between the Colombian and Ecuadoran police, Heriberto Fernández, alias ‘Beto,’ arrived [Feb. 12] to our anti-narcotics headquarters,” Gen. Pérez said.
Fernández served as a link between Colombian narco-trafficker Daniel “El Loco” Barrera and the Mexican head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Fernández was in charge of smuggling drugs to Honduras, where members of the Sinaloa Cartel received them. Authorities reported he was able to ship about 7 metric tons of cocaine to North America.
He was arrested Feb. 7 in Guayaquil, Ecuador after entering that country illegally.
[DPA (Colombia), 12/02/2012; Milenio (Colombia), 12/02/2012]