Spanish police arrest ‘Colombian drug lord el Raton’




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BY BBC Spanish police say they have arrested one Colombia’s most wanted , Hernan Alonso Villa, known as “el Raton” (The Mouse).

He is suspected being head a gang 200 people linked international drug trafficking and extortion.

Hernan Alonso Villa was arrested on a outside Alicante in southern Spain after a month-long tracking .

He is considered one the main of the “Oficina de Envigado” group which operates around Medellin.

The Oficina () is responsible for exporting cocaine Spain, the and Holland, a police statement said.

The suspect was carrying 40,000 euros ($54,000; £31,600) in cash when he was arrested, under a Colombian extradition warrant, police said.

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The Oficina was connected the 1980s Medellin Cartel led by infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Colombian newspaper reports say has grown in size since then and has relations of the prominent Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

is suspected of being complicit in a range of illegal activities including laundering, extortion and murder.

Spain is one of the main entry points for illegal narcotics into Europe and Colombia is one of the world’s biggest sources of cocaine.

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