Colombia’s most wanted drug trafficker has been arrested, according to government officials.
Daniel Rendon Herrera, 43, known as “Don Mario”, was captured alone in the jungle in the north of the country after being hunted down by a force of police commandos.
The government had offered a bounty of one and a half million euros for the alleged drug lord who once promised his henchmen 1,000 dollars – or 750 euros – for each police officer they killed.
Announcing the arrest, Colombian Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos said: “He practically looked like a dog, practically like a dog. He had his arms around a palm tree, and had been there for two days.”
Said to be responsible for 3,000 murders, the once-feared so-called cocaine baron stands accused of shipping 100 tonnes of the drug from Colombia’s Caribbean coast into the United States.
Informants were key to Herrera’s arrest, enabling police to penetrate his organisation, consisting of scores of heavily-armed thugs.
The Colombian government is hailing his capture as a victory for law and order but experts say the country’s thriving cocaine trade is unlikely to be disrupted for long.