Alleged Colombian Cocaine Cartel Leader Arrested in Spain

Spanish law enforcement officials are reporting that they have arrested Hernan Alonso Villa, the alleged leader of a Colombian cocaine cartel. Villa was apprehended while driving along the coast of Spain in Alicante on Friday, police say.

The cartel that Villa is allegedly connected to is apparently responsible for over 400 deaths, the police report says, as well as international drug trafficking and extortion.

Via the AP:

Alonso Villa is alleged to be the head of a cartel, or criminal organization, from Medellin, Colombia. The cartel was founded by Diego Murillo Bejarano and has fought bloody turf wars with notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar.

Villa had over 200 people working for him, authorities say, and has been wanted in Colombia for years.

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