Colombian authorities arrest top cocaine dealer

Colombian police have arrested a top drug dealer allegedly responsible for sending more than 30 metric tons of cocaine to the US last year.

Colombian police have arrested a top drug dealer allegedly responsible for sending more than 30 metric tons of cocaine to the US last year.

Pedro Navarrete, of Chile, was arrested in Medellin, where he was meeting with other suspected drug smugglers, said Leo Arreguin, head of the Colombia office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

DEA agents in Colombia assisted Colombian police in the investigation.

Navarrete is wanted in federal court in Florida on drug trafficking charges.

“He’s one of the principal brokers of drug shipments to the United States,” Mr Arreguin said, adding that Navarrete is suspected of moving more than 30 tons of cocaine from Colombia into the US, usually through Mexico or the Caribbean.

Police made other arrests when they picked up Navarrete, but they did not announce them pending verification of the suspects’ identities.

Colombia produces 80% of the world’s cocaine. The drug trade fuels a long-simmering civil war which claims 3,500 lives every year.

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