Colombia’s police have captured two Colombian nationals on the Caribbean coast wanted in the United States for drug trafficking, according to authorities.
Jhair Generoso Paternina Cristopher, alias “Jhair”, “El Negro” or “Alex”, and Rodolfo Ruiz Suárez, alias “Rodo” or “Junior”, were arrested on Thursday in Cartagena in a joint operation between the Colombian security forces and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
“These people have an arrest warrant out on them with the aim of extraditing them to face charges for drug trafficking in the US’s District Court in Florida,” said the police in a press release.
According to a statement released by the police, Jhair and Rodo trafficked drugs for various different criminal gangs and neo-paramilitary groups, including the Paisa, Rastrojos, and the Urabeños, Colombia’s most feared neo-paramilitary group with an estimated 2300 members.
It is thought that the two men were in charge of logistics relating to receiving, organizing and sending illicit drugs in go-fast boats from Colombia’s Caribbean coast to the San Andres archipegalo, from where it would be transported to Central America and finally the US.
- Duro golpe al narcotráfico (Colombian Police)
- Captura a dos colombianos pedidos en extradición por Estados Unidos (El Espectador)