Colombia says 14 drug suspects captured

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Posted: Nov 21, 2011 12:22 PM
Colombia says 14 drug suspects captured

Colombian officials say they have captured 14 members of a major drug gang who are wanted in the United States.

National Police Director Oscar Naranjo says the 14 work in the gang led by Daniel Barrera, who is one of the country's most wanted drug trafficking suspects. They were detained over the weekend in Bogota, Barranquilla and Cartagena.

Gen. Naranjo says group was using small planes to ship about 1.5 tons of cocaine a week to the Dominican Republic and Honduras en route to the United States. He says the 14 face drug trafficking charges before a U.S. federal court in Virginia and that U.S. drug agents provided intelligence that helped in their capture.

Barrera is known by the nickname "Loco." He remains at large.