Drug Trafficker Wanted by Interpol Arrested in Venezuela
By Dialogo April 23, 2013
Colombian drug trafficker Rigoberto Arias Castrillón, aka “Rigo”, leader of “Los Rolos” gang and wanted by Interpol, was arrested on April 21 in northwestern Venezuela, Minister of Interior and Justice Néstor Reverol reported.
“A dangerous drug trafficker named Rigoberto Arias Castrillón, aka “Rigo”, wanted by a blue notice from Interpol for drug trafficking, contract killings, extortion and kidnapping was arrested in the state of Falcón,”’ Reverol told state TV station VTV via phone.
Interpol’s blue notice – ranked below the red notice of full alert – is an international cooperation request “to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime,” according to the International Police’s official website.
“He is the leader of a criminal gang named ‘Los Rolos’, which is dedicated to drug trafficking in the Republic of Colombia,” Reverol stated, revealing that the capture was made possible through collaboration with Colombian authorities.
Arias Castrillón, age 33, was arrested in Venezuela on April 21, after an operation that lasted more than a month, and was transported to Caracas after his arrest. However, Reverol did not give any further details about his posible extradition.
Two other men were also arrested with Castrillón; one from Colombia and the other from Venezuela who worked as his security detail.
According to Colombian Radio station Caracol, the Police offered a reward of up to $65,000 in exchange for information leading to his capture.
In 2010, Venezuela and Colombia signed a security cooperation and information exchange agreement to end a period of tension in bilateral relations.