Colombian Drug Lord Deported from Venezuela Arrives in Bogota

By Dialogo
November 16, 2012

Drug lord Daniel “El Loco” Barrera arrived in Bogota in the afternoon of November 14, deported from Venezuela along with five other people, informed the Police.

Barrera, considered by the government as the last major drug lord in Colombia, was transported by Colombian agents on a plane from Caracas.

The other individuals deported with Barrera were: an American citizen born in the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Acosta Mejías, age 30, Colombian Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa, 47, both wanted for drug trafficking, and three other men accused of being part of Colombian criminal gangs.

President Juan Manuel Santos sent a message via Twitter from Lisbon, where he is on tour, and thanked Venezuela, stating that criminals will have nowhere to hide.

“JJ’ and ‘El Loco’ Barrera are already in Colombian prisons. Thank you, Venezuela. Criminals will not have a hideout,” specified Santos, also making reference to the capture of Cifuentes, who is considered by Colombian authorities one of the main partners of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Barrera, age 43, was arrested in the state of Táchira (Venezuela) on September 18. It is estimated that his organization sent over 900 tons of cocaine to the United States in the last years.

U.S. Justice demands the extradition of Barrera on drug trafficking and money laundry charges.

Venezuelan investigators discovered that Barrera had 127 properties in that country, including farms, houses, lodges, cars, an airplane and a boat, all valued at 143 million bolivars (33 million dollars).

Venezuela and Colombia are governed by an agreement of cooperation and exchange of information on security, which was signed after the normalization of bilateral relations, when Juan Manuel Santos was elected Colombian president in 2010.

In recent years, the major Colombian drug traffickers have been captured in Venezuela.