Alleged Colombian drug kingpin surrenders

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Bogota -

A Colombian wanted for allegedly smuggling tons of cocaine bound for the United States through Mexico has surrendered to the US drug enforcement officials, Colombian police said Monday.

The United States had offered a five million dollar reward for the capture of Javier Calle Serna, a former leftist guerrilla who allegedly commanded a paramilitary group called Los Rastrojos that protected drug trafficking networks.

Bogota police chief, Jose Roberto Leon, said Calle surrendered to DEA agents in Aruba on Friday and was taken to New York where he was indicted in 2009 on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine.

US authorities allege Calle's drug trafficking networks likely smuggled more than 30 tons of cocaine into Mexico since 2008, and used speedboats, fishing vessels and semi-submersibles to move the drugs. - Sapa-AFP

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