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Colombia's 'El Loco' Barrera Gets 35 years in US Prison

COLOMBIA / 26 JUL 2016

A New York court sentenced Daniel "El Loco" Barrera to 35 years in prison, closing the book not only on the career of one of the biggest cocaine traffickers…

COLOMBIA / 1 MAR 2016

Authorities have arrested a drug boss who went from stable boy for the Medellín Cartel to carving out a criminal empire of his own on Colombia's Eastern Plains, moving multi-ton…

COLOMBIA / 10 OCT 2014

Daniel "El Loco" (The Madman) Barrera has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US federal court, in what could perhaps conclude the saga of Colombia's last major international drug…

COLOMBIA / 10 JUL 2013

Notorious Colombian drug trafficker Daniel "El Loco" Barrera has been extradited to the United States, marking the end of the era of Colombian capos and cartels as the country's underworld…

COLOMBIA / 5 JUN 2013

The record seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars of assets in Colombia has raised the question of how two brothers linked to the Norte del Valle Cartel built up…

COLOMBIA / 21 NOV 2012

Recordings of Colombian drug trafficker Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," speaking to Colombian and Venezuelan authorities shed light on the inner workings of his criminal organization, as well…

COLOMBIA / 15 NOV 2012

Venezuela has deported Colombian kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera back to his home country where the government is preparing to extradite him to the United States,…

EL LOCO BARRERA / 8 NOV 2012

Venezuela has charged a model and former "Miss Venezuela" contestant accused of working with now-captured Colombian kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera.

COLOMBIA / 24 SEP 2012

The fall of Daniel "El Loco" Barrera has left his drug empire in Colombia's Eastern Plains up for grabs. Several groups are in a position to make a…

COLOMBIA / 20 SEP 2012

As details emerge of the capture of Colombian drug kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, there are indications that, despite his discussions of a surrender deal with the US, he had…

EL LOCO BARRERA / 19 SEP 2012

Colombian authorities have arrested Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," a kingpin with a criminal record stretching back more than 20 years who the government has described as the country’s…

EL LOCO BARRERA / 19 SEP 2012

The capture of Daniel "El Loco" Barrera in Venezuela highlights how important the country has become as a refuge for Colombian drug traffickers, and raises the question of whether Venezuelan-based…

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2012

A former chief of Colombia’s military intelligence is awaiting a verdict in his money laundering trial, a reminder, amid the furor over a former Colombian police general on trial in…

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