Venezuela captures top Colombian drug trafficker

Venezuela captures top Colombian drug trafficker
# 23 April 2013 04:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Venezuelan law enforcement has captured top Colombian drug trafficker Rigoberto Rigo Arias, Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Arias, the 33-year-old head of Colombia's Los Rolos organized crime gang who was also wanted by Interpol, was captured by members of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard and National Anti- Drug Office, Reverol said via Twitter.

Arias was arrested in Venezuela's northwest coastal state of Falcon on Sunday after Colombian authorities alerted their Venezuelan counterparts of his presence in the country.

Arias was reportedly accompanied by his girlfriend, his five- year-old son and two of his right-hand men, who are expected to be deported soon to Colombia.

Colombia also confirmed the arrest on Monday, saying Arias runs one of the country's biggest organized crime rings, operating out of the capital Bogota and the coffee growing region in the west.

Arias is also wanted by Interpol for drug trafficking, murder, extortion and kidnapping.

A statement issued by Colombian police said the country's so- called Green Heart Anti-Drug Plan has so far "arrested 1,198 people and seized some 3.7 tons of drugs."

Last month, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos instructed police to eradicate retail drug operations that exist in the poorer districts of major cities.