"Crazy" Barrera's right-hand woman captured in Venezuela
The United States is to ask Colombia to extradite the Colombian drug lord
According to a press release issued by Venezuela's Attorney General Office, on Thursday they brought Colombian Edgar Mauricio Bello and Venezuelan Sarah Carolina Penso Hernández (28) to the Sixth Crime Control Court in San Cristobal, Táchira state (southwest Venezuela). They are allegedly involved in Daniel Barrera's criminal activities. Penso Hernández, also known as "Rocío," is apparently Barrera's right-hand woman.
Additionally, national prosecutors 54 and 74 with jurisdiction on matters related to capital legitimization, and financial and economic offenses, Nelly Sánchez and Ana Hernández, respectively, will bring Colombian Luis Edinson Flores (34) and Marta Lucía Franco Aguilar (38), both arrested on Wednesday in Portuguesa state, central-western Venezuela, to a crime control court in Portuguesa state.
Colombian drug baron Daniel Barrera, also known as "Loco (Crazy)" Barrera, was arrested on Tuesday in Táchira state. He had been living in Venezuela since 2008.
The US requests extradition
"United States authorities are officially requesting the extradition of captured drug lord Crazy' Barrera," said on Thursday Colombia's National Police Director José Roberto León Riaño when he informed about the arrest of two more people in Venezuela, AFP reported.
Barrera would face charges in three US courts, two in New York and one in Florida. He is considered the head of an organization that shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine to the US and Europe.
Translated by Andreína Trujillo
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.