All About El Loco Barrera

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…

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2012

Colombian authorities seized a shipment of 150 rifles which kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera was allegedly shipping to his long-time allies the ERPAC, in a sign that the…

EL LOCO BARRERA / 25 MAY 2012

A key figure in the criminal structure headed by Daniel Barrera, alias “El Loco,” was arrested in Paraguay, suggesting that the authorities are hot on the trail of the…

COLOMBIA / 19 APR 2012

Following the alleged arrest of the head of Colombia’s powerful Rastrojos gang, El Tiempo reports that two other Colombian drug lords are negotiating to turn themselves in.

ARGENTINA / 16 APR 2012

Argentine authorities have dismantled a drug trafficking ring which allegedly involved the ex-wives of two major Colombian drug traffickers, underscoring the importance of Argentina as a location for foreign gang…

COLOMBIA / 24 FEB 2012

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.

ECUADOR / 13 FEB 2012

Police in Ecuador have captured a man who allegedly serves as the link between powerful drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico, in a sign that the authorities could be moving…

COLOMBIA / 2 FEB 2012

A power void has emerged in Colombia's Eastern Plains, where guerrillas and paramilitaries have long ruled in lawless tracts of territory, and traffickers fight for control of the primary exit…

COLOMBIA / 12 DEC 2011

Colombian authorities have captured Samy Echtaya Rios, who they say is a key associate of drug lord Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," and maintains contacts with Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel.

COLOMBIA / 7 DEC 2011

The prevailing wisdom is that Colombian traffickers have been eclipsed in Central America by the rise of their Mexican counterparts, but Colombian groups remain a significant force in the region.

COLOMBIA / 25 NOV 2011

After becoming a key witness for the DEA, one of the former members of the Cali Cartel is reportedly back in his old territory and waging a bitter war against…

COLOMBIA / 19 SEP 2011

Colombia's scandal-ridden intelligence service, the DAS, is alleged to have passed on high value information to one of the region's most wanted drug lords, in what is only the…

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