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LATIN AMERICA

Colombia’s biggest drug lord captured in Argentina where he had been hiding out

Authorities bust "My Blood" Londoño after he held a meeting with Los Zetas

Police in Buenos Aires take Henry de Jesús "My Blood" Londoño from a detention facility to a courthouse in the Retiro district on Wednesday.
Police in Buenos Aires take Henry de Jesús "My Blood" Londoño from a detention facility to a courthouse in the Retiro district on Wednesday.Paula Ribas (EFE)

One of Colombia's most-wanted traffickers, known by his alias "My Blood," was captured in Buenos Aires on Tuesday night after he met with members of the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas, police said.

Colombian authorities had been looking for Henry de Jesús Londoño for more than two years after he fled the country, said national police chief José Roberto León during a news conference.

Londoño, 41, who also used the name "Carlos Mario," passed himself off as a Venezuelan businessman during the years he was in Argentina, according to El Tiempo , one of Colombia's leading dailies.

León described Londoño as a ruthless criminal who had forged alliances with some of the country's most powerful drug gangs. He owned five properties in Buenos Aires and had been traveling throughout South America to avoid his capture.

On Wednesday Buenos Aires federal police brought him before a judge who will decide whether he should be extradited to his native country.

According to the Buenos Aires daily La Nación , Londoño was tracked down through intelligence by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Interpol.

Through Twitter, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Argentinean law enforcement authorities for capturing Londoño.

Argentinean secretary for security, Sergio Berni, said that Londoño entered the country on a fake Venezuelan passport. He told immigration authorities that he had family living in Argentina. Berni said that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner personally ordered his arrest. Londoño was charged in 2003 with being a paramilitary fighting against insurgents in Colombia. He is also suspected of trying to protect profitable cocaine routes.

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