Feds charge Colombian drug lord called ‘Loco Barrera’ and two partners

Miami HeraldSeptember 12, 2011 

One of Colombia’s most-wanted drug traffickers with alleged ties to a narco-terrorist organization has been charged in Miami along with two other “high-level” partners, U.S. authorities said Monday.

Daniel Barrera-Barrera, indicted in Miami on cocaine-smuggling conspiracy charges, operates mainly in the eastern part of Colombia between Bogota and the Venezuelan border. There, he maintains a partnership with the U.S.-designated terrorist group known as the FARC, composed of leftist guerrillas who allegedly play a major part in Colombia’s drug trade.

The Colombian government has offered a $2.7 million reward for information leading to the capture of the defendant, aka “Loco Barrera,” who remains at large.

In March, the Treasury Department designated Barrera-Barrera, 42, as a “specially designated narcotics trafficker,” because of his significant role in the international drug trade.

In Miami, Barrera-Barrerra was charged with two brothers, Javier Fernandez-Barrero, 43, and Orlando Fernandez-Barrero, 45, who are known as “Los Gorditos.” They are in custody awaiting extradition to Miami.

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