Mexico’s arrest of Carlos Mauricio Poveda, alias “El Conejo,” marks the 18th major Colombian narco-trafficker captured or killed abroad in the last six years, according to Caracol Radio.
Poveda spent time in Mexico and Chile before being arrested with the cooperation of law enforcement officials through CLACIP, an international union of police in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is thought to be the largest cocaine supplier for Mexican drug cartels, with an estimated 150 tons trafficked north between 1998 and 2008.
Among other Colombian kingpins captured abroad are drug lord alias “Chupeta” of the Norte del Valle cartel, who was detained in Brazil in 2008 and is currently in jail in the United States. Also in 2008, Wilber Varela alias “Jabon” was assassinated in Merida, Venezuela.