Colombian tourism company owner under eight arrested for allegedly operating a drug trade that smuggled cocaine into the US on charter and commercial flights
- Eight people, including the general manager of a travel agency, have been arrested in Colombia for smuggling cocaine into the United States and Central America
- Colombia’s attorney general’s office said on Thursday that the smuggling ring has allowed the drugs to fly on charter and commercial flights.
- Jets were parked at the Ernesto Cortissoz airport in Barranquilla and then sent to secret airstrips in the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, from where they took off
- Some flights were also from Reyes Murillo Airport Nuquí, Chocó
Colombian authorities have dismantled a drug-trafficking gang that smuggled cocaine into the United States on charter and commercial flights, government officials said.
At least eight people were arrested during operations in Bogotá, Chocó, Meta and Valle del Cauca, Colombia’s attorney general said Thursday.
The suspects were identified as Daniel López, a pilot; Freiman Arango, an air traffic controller; and Jhon Novoa, an intermediary between the ring and foreign drug traffickers.
Aviation technician José Burgos and Luz Acevedo, who allegedly bribed the authorities, were also arrested.
Authorities seized two planes and half a ton of cocaine.
Colombian authorities have seized two jets used by drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine into the United States and Central America. In total, agents arrested eight people, including the Aero Colombia company that sold travel packages
Apart from the seizure of two jets, Colombian authorities have seized half a ton of cocaine
The attorney general’s office said Luis Heredia, who was detained, was the general manager of a company called Aero Colombia, which sold travel packages.
They were all charged with human trafficking and the production or possession of drugs.
Acevedo was the only suspect who accepted the charges.
The criminal group shipped the cocaine in jets flying from clandestine airstrips and Reyes Murillo Airport in Nuquí, a city on the Pacific coast about 230 miles from Bogota.
A member of a drug-trafficking gang was among eight people detained, Colombia’s attorney general’s office announced on Thursday.
A police officer approaches a member of a Colombian drug trafficking network that was dismantled this week. The group was formally charged Thursday with using commercial and charter flights to send massive amounts of cocaine into the United States and Central America.
The planes were parked at Ernesto Cortissoz Airport in Barranquilla and were specially equipped to keep the drug shipments hidden, officials said.
The planes were then sent to the Pacific coast town of Chocó and the Caribbean coastal town of Sucre, where they were loaded with massive payloads bound for the United States and Central America.