Latin American Herald Tribune | 10/6/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia Arrests Jailed Drug Lord’s Deputy
Oct 6--A key member of jailed drug lord Daniel Rendon Herrera’s organization was arrested by drug enforcement agents in the northwestern province of Antioquia, Colombia’s National Police said on Monday.
The arrest of Barba, accused of kidnapping, extortion and murdering police officers in Antioquia and neighboring Cordoba province, was made possible by the “constant pressure” exerted by drug enforcement agents for more than two weeks, Naranjo said.
Barba took on a “very important” role in coordinating the drug trafficking network led by Rendon, alias “Don Mario,” after the latter’s capture in April, the National Police chief said.
Rendon was second-in-command of the Elmer Cardenas Bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, militia federation.
The AUC, accused of committing numerous human rights violations, demobilized more than 31,000 of its fighters between the end of 2003 and mid-2006 as part of the peace process with the Uribe administration.
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