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Spanish police arrest suspected Colombian crime lord

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By Euronews
Spanish police arrest suspected Colombian crime lord

<p>Police in the Spanish region of Alicante said on Saturday they had arrested a 40-year-old man who they identified as the head of the military wing of a violent Colombian drug cartel and one of Colombia’s most wanted criminals.</p> <p>The Interior Ministry said the man, known as “Raton” (Rat in Spanish), runs a network of more than 200 people involved in extortion and cocaine trafficking to Spain, the United States and the Netherlands.</p> <p>His organisation, La Oficina de Envigado, inherited the business of the Medellin Cartel, the now-defunct drug trafficking empire set up by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the ministry said.</p> <p>Arrested on Friday after a month-long hunt in a joint operation with Colombian police, he is accused of homicide, forced displacement and manufacturing and carrying of illegal weapons, the ministry said.</p> <p>“He took a number of security measures in an attempt to avoid arrest, including constantly changing addresses, changing telephones and using different false identities,” it said.</p> <p>The man was holding over 40,000 euros ($54,100) in cash when he was arrested, the ministry said. He is subject to an extradition order by the Colombian police, it said. </p> <p>Source Reuters</p>