- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BOGOTA (AP) - A reputed drug lord and right-wing paramilitary leader who topped Colombia’s most-wanted list was captured, the government said Wednesday, announcing the arrest of a man accused of offering his assassins a bounty for each police officer killed.

Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias “Don Mario,” was arrested in the northern Colombian province of Antioquia, presidential spokesman Cesar Velasquez told Caracol Radio.

A police official who participated in the operation confirmed the capture to The Associated Press, saying it took place Wednesday morning and involved 300 law-enforcement agents. The official was not allowed to publicly comment on the case and requested anonymity.

In Washington, Drug Enforcement Administration Chief of Intelligence Anthony Placido said Herrera is wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges and that the U.S. government would seek his extradition.

Extraditions from Colombia often take many months.

Colombian officials had offered a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to the capture of 43-year-old Rendon, who police say is the leading figure in Colombia’s drug-trafficking right-wing paramilitary groups and who offered a bounty of $1,000 for each police officer his assassins killed.

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Associated Press Writer Devlin Barrett in Washington contributed to this report.


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