Colombian police seize properties of drug kingpin

Colombian law enforcement agencies have seized $40 million in property from reputed drug lord Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, who was extradited last year to the United States, police said Friday.

The assets, concentrated in and around Villavicencio, capital of the central province of Meta, included a shopping center, parking lots, nine houses, 23 ranches, 28 vehicles, four apartments, six stores, seven corporations, eight parcels of land and several offices, police said.

Barrera, 46, was captured in September 2012 in Venezuela and deported two months later to Colombia, where he remained in custody until his extradition to the United States on July 9, 2013.

One day later he was indicted before a federal court on charges of drug production and trafficking, and money laundering. He pleaded not guilty.

Authorities considered Barrera the last great Colombian drug lord and said he was part of a kind of underworld board of directors that oversaw the shipment of cocaine to the United States, Mexico, Central America and Europe.

The Colombian government previously seized roughly $213 million in assets belonging to Barrera. EFE

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