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Colombia’s ‘El Loco’ Barrera Gets 35 years in US Prison

A New York court sentenced Daniel "El Loco" Barrera to 35 years in prison, closing the book not only on the career of one of the biggest cocaine traffickers...
Alias "Puntilla" was arrested on February 26

Colombia’s Eastern Plains Up for Grabs After Drug Lord Capture

Authorities have arrested a drug boss who went from stable boy for the Medellín Cartel to carving out a criminal empire of his own on Colombia's Eastern Plains,...

Colombia’s ‘Madman’ Pleads Guilty in US

Daniel "El Loco" (The Madman) Barrera has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US federal court, in what could perhaps conclude the saga of Colombia's last major...
Daniel 'El Loco' Barrera extradited to the US

‘El Loco’ Barrera Extradition Opens Door for More Fragmentation

Notorious Colombian drug trafficker Daniel "El Loco" Barrera has been extradited to the United States, marking the end of the era of Colombian capos and cartels as...
The Meyendorff brothers

Colombia Poised to Seize Record $1 Billion from Narco Brothers

The record seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars of assets in Colombia has raised the question of how two brothers linked to the Norte del Valle Cartel built...
Daniel "El Loco" Barrera

Colombian Capo ‘Loco’ Barrera Talks Killing Enemies, Trafficking Cocaine

Recordings of Colombian drug trafficker Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," speaking to Colombian and Venezuelan authorities shed light on the inner workings of his...
Loco Barrera after being deported to Colombia

Colombia Receives Drug Kingpin, Begins Extradition Process to US

Venezuela has deported Colombian kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera back to his home country where the government is preparing to extradite him to the United States,...
Venezuelan beauty queen Gabriela Fernandez Ocando

Venezuela Charges Beauty Queen for Ties to Colombian Kingpin

Venezuela has charged a model and former "Miss Venezuela" contestant accused of working with now-captured Colombian kingpin Daniel "El Loco"...
Alleged ERPAC member Jose Nieto, alias "Candelo"

Who Will Inherit the Colombian Criminal Empire of ‘Loco Barrera’?

The fall of Daniel "El Loco" Barrera has left his drug empire in Colombia's Eastern Plains up for grabs. Several groups are in a position to make a play for it,...
"Loco Barrera" burned his fingertips to hide his identity

How ‘Loco Barrera’ Botched Surrender to US

As details emerge of the capture of Colombian drug kingpin Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, there are indications that, despite his discussions of a surrender deal with...
Loco Barrera, the last of a generation of "untouchable" kingpins

Capture of ‘Loco Barrera’ is End of an Era for Colombia

Colombian authorities have arrested Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," a kingpin with a criminal record stretching back more than 20 years who the government has...
San Cristobal, Venezuela, where 'Loco' Barrera was captured

‘Loco Barrera’ Arrest Highlights Venezuela as Refuge for Druglords

The capture of Daniel "El Loco" Barrera in Venezuela highlights how important the country has become as a refuge for Colombian drug traffickers, and raises the...