Colombia: Alleged narco-trafficker arrested
By Dialogo October 04, 2012
BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Jesús David Echeverry Trujillo, an alleged narco-trafficking member of the Junta Directiva de la Mafia gang, has been arrested, Gen. José Roberto León Riaño, director of the National Police said.
Echeverry Trujillo, who was apprehended at a ranch outside the city of Girardota in the department of Antioquia, is suspected of working closely with narco-trafficker Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, who was taken into custody last week in Venezuela.
Echeverry Trujillo allegedly has connections to several of Mexico’s most powerful narco-traffickers, including Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán and the Beltrán Leyva brothers, Riaño said.
Police also arrested 10 of Echeverry Trujillo’s alleged bodyguards and seized an array of weapons.
Echeverry Trujillo initiated a series of battles to commandeer narco-trafficking in northwestern Colombia by fighting Erickson Vargas Cardona, the alleged leader of Los Urabeños who was recently apprehended.
[EFE (Colombia), 02/10/2012; El Espectador (Colombia), 02/10/2012; El Nuevo Herald (Colombia), 02/10/2012]