HomeNewsBriefColombia Extradites 'El Loco's' Right Hand Man
BRIEF

Colombia Extradites 'El Loco's' Right Hand Man

COLOMBIA / 24 FEB 2012 BY CHRISTOPHER LOOFT EN

Colombia has extradited Danilo Bustos Suarez, former second-in-command to drug kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, to the US, in another blow to Barrera's trafficking organization.

According to General Carlos Mena, director of Colombia's Judicial Police, "Bustos was the principal figurehead [for Barrera] and the person in charge of directing the transport structure of chemical inputs and processed drugs for shipment from Colombia's Pacific and Atlantic ports to the streets of the United States and Europe."

Bustos, captured in 2009, was extradited along with 16 others, including Barrera associate Jaime Garcia Garcia, as well as members of drug gangs the Rastrojos and the Urabeños.

InSight Crime Analysis

The US indicted Barrera in September last year, signaling an increased commitment to dismantling his organization. The extradition of a former close associate will be worrying for Barrera, as US authorities often make generous bargains with drug traffickers, granting them reduced sentences in exchange for information on their activities.

The extradition of Bustos is the latest in a series of blows against Barrera's organization. In December, Colombian authorities captured another trafficker associated with Barrera, who was hiding out in circumstances which hinted at strife within the organization. In the summer the drug boss apparently ordered a bloody attempt on another partner over to suspicions he would turn Barrera in to the authorities.

This month, Ecuador captured an alleged trafficker who is thought to have functioned as a key liaison between the organization and the Sinaloa Cartel.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 3 APR 2015

Authorities have attributed a multi-ton seizure of marijuana to the FARC's 6th Front, indications the Colombian rebel unit is prominently…

COLOMBIA / 23 MAY 2011

Nine bodies were found in three mass grave in northern Colombia, which police said could be linked to the conflict…

COLOMBIA / 7 JUL 2014

Attacks on Colombia's oil infrastructure have cost the sector well over $400 million so far this year, as guerrilla groups…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

THE ORGANIZATION

Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…