Colombia, U.S. bust ‘mafia company’ cocaine ring

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Colombia and the U.S. drug  agency have broken an airport drug ring in the world’s No. 1  cocaine producer that sent up to 2 tonnes of cocaine monthly to  Mexico and the United States, police said yesterday.

Colombian police supported by the U.S. Drug Enforcement  Agency nabbed 26 suspected traffickers, four of whom are wanted  for extradition to the United States, in Colombia’s coastal  cities of Barranquilla and Santa Marta as well as Monteria in  the northwest and the capital Bogota.

“This structure dedicated to drug trafficking had set up a  true mafia company sending aircraft from Colombia to Central  America, destined for Mexico and the United States,” said  General Oscar Naranjo, head of Colombian police.

“This operation has also led to capture five civil  aeronautic officials based in the north coast that facilitated  these operations,” he said. The trafficking group, which used the aviation officials to  authorize the drug flights, allegedly was headed by Jesus  Lopez, alias “My Blood,” who had been part of outlawed,  right-wing paramilitary groups, officials said.

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