Colombian narco captured after faking own death

2017-01-04 19:40


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Bogota - Colombian authorities say they have arrested a top lieutenant in the country's biggest drug cartel - even though he was supposedly dead, having bought a forged death certificate.

Omar Dario Patino Londono, who was living under the fake name Yerci Andrei Collazos Lavao, was captured in a pre-dawn raid at a ranch in central Colombia's Caldas department, police said.

He was allegedly a top lieutenant to the head of the powerful Gulf Clan cartel, Antonio Usuga.

Usuga personally sent Patino to relaunch the cocaine route from Colombia's Pacific coast to Central America after authorities disrupted it in a series of crackdowns, police said.

Patino, 36, also ran the cartel's illegal mining operations in the region - all while hiding out under his unusual cover, said the statement.

"He tried to throw the authorities off his trail by faking his own death," it said.

He was arrested with a Glock nine-millimeter pistol, a Ruger revolver and ammunition.

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