‘FARC Drug Trafficker’ Captured in Venezuela

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Venezuela’s government announced the capture of alleged FARC operative Didier Rios Galindo, alias “Ñenguere,” who is accused of handling drug trafficking for Colombia’s biggest rebel group.

Venezuela’s Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami announced via Twitter that the Colombian national, who was wanted by Interpol, had been captured in Carabobo, Venezuela, El Universal reports.

Since Colombia and Venezuela signed an agreement in January to exchange information on drug trafficking, both countries have made moves to help each other. This capture comes soon after Colombia extradited Venezuelan drug trafficker Walid Makled to Venezuela, after being forced to choose between Caracas and Washington, which both sought his extradition.

Rios is an alleged member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC), accused of trafficking cocaine for the 10th and 16th Fronts in Vichada and Guainia since 2001. This is the second alleged member of the guerrilla captured by Hugo Chávez government in the last month, following the arrest of Joaquin Perez Becerra in April.

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