Colombia arrests suspected drug trafficker for major Mexico cartel

BOGOTA Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:00pm EDT

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian authorities have arrested a Costa Rican man accused of trafficking shipments of cocaine to the United States on behalf of Mexico's infamous Sinaloa cartel.

Oscar Antonio Berrocal, 52, was detained late on Thursday after arriving in the Colombian capital Bogota on a flight from Ecuador, where he lives.

"Berrocal, known to authorities under the aliases Charlie, the Chef, Finquero and Rolex, is required by U.S. authorities for alleged cocaine trafficking," migration officials said in a statement. "In Colombia there is a valid order for his arrest and extradition."

Authorities said Berrocal is accused of coordinating the shipment of large quantities of cocaine to the United States for the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world's largest drug trafficking organizations, often via smuggling networks in Central America.

The cartel is infamous in Mexico, where its leader Joaquin Guzman, alias 'El Chapo', was captured in February after 13 years on the run.

Colombia is a principal producer of cocaine, with an annual output of about 290 tons, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The country's once-prolific drug cartels have been weakened by U.S.-backed police offensives over the last two decades and now act mainly as suppliers for Mexican organizations.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (2)
NPeril wrote:
Oh, not to worry too much. As Social Progressives such as the White House/Political Associates, State Governments like WA and CO, as well as, Mayors managing urban population centers NY, LA, Chicago, etc. reverse or overturn laws restricting the use of narcotics; then most cartel leaders will be released and given pardons, apologies and punitive damages (paid from US tax $$$). Prisons might be emptied. Law Enforcement becomes part-time careers. And politicians can conduct the People’s Business after the drama-momma, Hollywood theatrics of Mayor Ford in Toronto.

As long as the Politicians remain elected and the Medical Profession retains control over high-end profitable prescriptions/office visits and Pharma Companies generate substantial revenue from US Government Medical Care; then the cartels and their street distribution dealers may demand nothing more from society than any other industry. The trick will be to alter the vicious human nature associated with the cartels.

Sad state of US affairs when a drug dealer/user can legally destroy themselves, their families and their communities. Thanks, Social Progressives. Guess you never really left Woodstock.

Aug 29, 2014 5:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ciceroalamo wrote:
Now arrest the MILLIONS OF MEXICAN ILLEGALS in the US that work for the FAILED STATE: MEXICO.

Aug 30, 2014 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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