Narco-trafficking kingpin Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias “Valenciano,” the head of the paramilitary Office of Envigado gang, is in Costa Rica negotiating his surrender to U.S. authorities, according to a report by El Tiempo on Thursday.
The report states that Valenciano, who had allegedly been living in Venezuela, sought negotiations with the U.S. after they placed a $5 million reward on his head when he became the leader of the Office of Envigado gang.
This marks the second time in the last year, according to El Tiempo, that authorities have received information placing Valenciano in Costa Rica. The drug kingpin tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with the U.S. in 2009, the report explained.
In April, the U.S. announced that it will pay a $5 million reward for information on the Colombian drug lord.
“[Valenciano] is the leader of an extensive transnational narcotics exports and transportation organization that distributes thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia, through Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, to the United States,” read a statement issued by the U.S. Secretary of State Narcotics Rewards Program.