Colombia extradites major drug suspect to US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say they’ve extradited a major drug trafficking suspect to the United States.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has called Daniel Barrera “the last of the great capos.” He’s known as “El Loco” — Spanish for “The Madman.”

National Police Director Jose Roberto Leon says Tuesday’s extradition shows other criminals they’d be best off to turn themselves in.

Barrera is wanted in two New York federal court districts on charges related to drug trafficking. He also faces charges in Florida.

He was arrested last September in Venezuela, which shipped him back to Colombia. Officials say he had several cosmetic surgeries and tried to burn off his fingerprints with acid to mask his identity.

Venezuelan officials say they confiscated houses, ranches, a yacht, apartments and 48 cars from Barrera.

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