Wanted Colombian drugs baron is arrested

11th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2006, MADRID — One of the most wanted Colombian drugs barons Leonidas Vargas Vargas was arrested in Madrid, police said on Tuesday.

11 July 2006

MADRID — One of the most wanted Colombian drugs barons  Leonidas Vargas Vargas was arrested in Madrid, police said on Tuesday.

Vargas was detained at the entrance to a hotel, carrying a forged Venezuelan passport.

According to police, once Vargas' true identity was established he was arrested.

An investigating magistrate Fernando Andreu agreed to confine hold Vargas in custody while checks are done on whether he is wanted in Colombia and other countries.

Vargas, for whom the Bogota administration is offering a USD 5 million reward, is considered an important ringleader of Colombian drug trafficking and was involved in the dismantled Medellin Cartel, according to police sources.

Born in 1949, Vargas appears to be the head of the Caqueta cartels in the southern part of the country.

He was sentenced to 19 years in jail for drug-trafficking and another 26 years for crimes of murder, carrying arms illegally and illicit earnings, for which he served time in several of Colombia's maximum-security prisons.

He was also accused of trying to kill former Liberal Party presidential candidate and ex-Minister Horacio Serpa.

The drug ring in which Vargas operates is accused of shipping cocaine to the United States through Honduras from the jungles of Caqueta in the southwestern region of Colombia.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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