Apr 17 - Colombian authorities arrest Hector Efren Meneses Yela -- a key figure in the alliance between Colombian cocaine traffickers and the Mexican Sinaloa cartel. Nick Rowlands reports.
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Colombian authorities on Friday arrest suspected cocaine trafficker Hector Efren Meneses Yela.
The arrest took place in the city of Cali, when police zeroed in on their target while he was finishing up some business.
At a news conference on Saturday, General Carlos Mena confirmed his identity.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN ARMY GENERAL CARLOS MENA:
"He is the principal emissary with the Sinaloa cartel of Mexico and a direct contact with Chapo Guzman."
The arrest of Guara deals a blow to the alliance between Colombian cocaine traffickers and the Sinaloa Cartel headed by Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.
Guzman is arguably the world's most notorious drug trafficker, and has extended his empire from Colombia to China since breaking out of prison in a laundry van in 2001.
Nick Rowlands, Reuters.
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