Colombia, Mexico and U.S. Collaborate to Seize Millions
By Dialogo October 06, 2010
Colombian authorities seized a total of $120 million and 17 million euros in cash allegedly belonging to one of Colombia’s most-wanted narcotraffickers, Daniel Barrera, aka “El Loco” (The Crazy One).
After one year of investigations on a cartel led by Barrera, a final operation led Colombian officials to a seizure of $29 million and 17 million euros from a home south of Bogota on October 4, according to Colombian Minister of Defense Rodrigo Rivera.
Throughout the year, investigations launched simultaneously in the United States and Mexico yielded the seizure of some $28 million from various containers arriving in Colombia’s Buenaventura port from Mexico.
“It’s the biggest seizure of drug money in this country’s history,” stated Rivera according to Colombian daily El Tiempo.
National Police Director Oscar Naranjo announced that Operation “Cuenca del Pacífico” was also carried out with Mexican cooperation, reported Reuters news agency.
Naranjo added that the seizure would destabilize a strong trafficking ring that extended beyond Mexico to Europe, reported AFP news agency.
While authorities were offering a $2.7 million reward for Barrera’s capture, 20 others were detained in the operation, three of whom were wanted in the U.S. for connections to drug-trafficking.