Beatriz Elena Henao became the first person extradited from Colombia to the United States on drug trafficking charges in 2011.
According to the Colombian daily El Tiempo, Henao was instrumental in sending hundreds of thousands of drug doses into the United States, Spain and Holland, which put her on Interpol’s top ten most wanted list for women. Also known as the “Amphetamine Queen,” Henao’s mastery of four languages made her a valuable asset to Luis Enrique and Javier Calle Serna, the brothers who lead the Rastrojos crime syndicate.
Along with Henao, two other men, Juan M. Ortiz and Luis E. Ortiz Salazar, were extradited to the US on charges of money laundering. All three will be tried in the Southern District Court of New York.
Last year, 168 Colombians were extradited to different countries, mostly on drug trafficking charges.