Colombia extradites alleged drug kingpin

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 12:47 PM
Colombia extradites alleged drug kingpin

Colombia has extradited to the United States an alleged drug trafficker whose organization is accused of exporting more than 50 metric tons of cocaine a year to the U.S. and Europe.

Colombian and U.S. authorities say Ramon Quintero was a top Norte del Valle cartel trafficker who shipped drugs through Mexican cartels.

Quintero was arrested in neighboring Ecuador last year, and reporters watched him board a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plane Monday. He was indicted in Florida's southern district in 2008.

Colombia's police chief Gen. Oscar Naranjo told reporters Quintero owned several fancy restaurants in Quito, Ecuador's capital.

Washington had offered a reward of up to $5 million for his capture.