Santos: Venezuela Arrests Colombian Drug Boss “Valenciano”

By Dialogo
November 30, 2011

Colombian drug boss Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias “Valenciano,” for whom the United States was offering a reward of 5 million dollars, was arrested in Venezuela on November 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the following day, at the start of a visit to Caracas.

“I want to thank you and the authorities for yesterday’s arrest of this drug boss, alias Valenciano (…), who has caused terrible harm in our country,” Santos told Hugo Chávez at Miraflores Palace, information immediately corroborated by the Venezuelan president.

Santos, who had just landed in Caracas, characterized the news as a “welcoming gift” and affirmed that it is “one more demonstration that if there is collaboration, very good results can be achieved” in the fight against drug trafficking and the guerrillas who operate on the border between the two countries.

Valenciano, 39 years old, had “a series of structures dedicated to crime and drug trafficking under his command, and for that reason, he had become a very-high-value objective for us,” the Colombian president explained.

According to the U.S. State Department, which offered the monetary reward for any information leading to his arrest, Bonilla “received cocaine directly from various sources in Colombia (…) and has dealt extensively with the violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, Los Zetas.”