The senior drug lord was arrested in Venezuela in June 2012 with the help of Colombian Police. His extradition was approved by the Colombia’s Supreme Court in March.
Rastrojo was the military command of what was once Colombia’s principal drug trafficking organization, “Los Rastrojos,” that descended from the now-defunct Norte del Valle Cartel in the southwest of Colombia.
After his capture the other leaders of the crime syndicate, the Serna brothers, soon surrendered to the police, leaving the Rastrojos in disarray. They have suffered further setbacks this year after leader “Jefer” was captured in March, followed by “Palustre” in early August. They have now been replaced by rival organization Urabeños as Colombia’s principal drug-trafficking organization.
Rastrojo will be tried by a federal court in Florida for allegedly trafficking tons of cocaine into the US.