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Top Colombian drug lord nabbed

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that Daniel ‘El Loco’ Barrera, alleged to be the country's last major drug lord, had been caught in neighbouring Venezuela in an international sting.

‘The last of the great capos has fallen,’ Santos announced on national television and radio, declaring that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service had provided support.

Barrera, whose outfit is estimated to have sent more than 900 tonnes of cocaine to the United States and Europe, was caught in the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, said Santos, who listed the drug lord as having criminal ties to FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels and paramilitaries.

‘This is perhaps the most important capture of recent times,’ the president said.
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