Colombian Drug Boss Beto Rentería Detained In Venezuela
By Dialogo July 07, 2010
Venezuelan authorities detained on Sunday Colombian drug boss Carlos Alberto
Rentería, alias “Beto Rentería,” for whose capture the United States has offered a
reward of up to five million dollars, government sources confirmed to AFP.
Rentería, sixty-five years old, was the head of the Norte del Valle cartel,
one of Colombia’s most powerful drug-trafficking networks, according to the U.S.
Department of State website.
No details are currently available about the location of his detention or
about his possible deportation.
The organization led by Rentería dedicated itself for over fifteen years to
processing cocaine and distributing it to Mexico and then to the United States, as
the final destination.
In 2004, a U.S. court issued an arrest warrant for Rentería on
drug-trafficking charges. According to the court, the Norte del Valle cartel
exported around five hundred tons of cocaine, valued at more than ten million
dollars, from Colombia to the United States between 1990 and 2004.