Ruberney Vergara Sanabria, alias “Maniquemao,” was caught by Venezuelan authorities in the border region of Tachira.
According to authorities, Maniquemao is a leader of Los Rastrojos, which mainly controls the drug trade on the west coast of Colombia, but also has presence in one third of the country’s 32 departments.
A report from 2009 by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo named Vergara on a list of enemies of the state and placed the reward for his capture at $550,000. At that time, he was reported as a leader of the neo-paramilitary organization “Aguilas Negras.”
Extradition proceedures between the two countries involved in the case are currently being discussed.