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Colombian Drug Lord Arrested in Brazil Managed Empire from Sí£o Paulo

One of the world’s most hunted drug traffickers, whose criminal organization compared in size to that of late drug lord Pablo Escobar, has been arrested in Brazil as part of a major international bust, officials said.

Brazilian authorities said Wednesday, May 17, that Colombian-born Pablo Rayo-Montano, who had been on the run for a decade, was captured the day before at his home in São Paulo as part of a three-year operation spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and police in Brazil, Panama and Colombia.

More than three dozen others were arrested during simultaneous raids Tuesday in the United States and Latin America, officials said. Also seized were three islands owned by Rayo-Montano off the coast of Panama and a trove of expensive artwork, yachts, real estate holdings and millions in cash.

The cartel allegedly used speedboats, cargo vessels and submarine-like vessels to ship more than 15 tons of cocaine a month from clandestine Colombian ports to the United States and Europe, officials said.

"The Rayo-Montano trafficking organization ranked up there with Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel in terms of the amount of cocaine it was able to smuggle into the United States," Dave Gaddis, head of the DEA in Bogota, Colombia, told reporters.

Escobar, history’s most notorious drug trafficker, led the now defunct Medellin cocaine cartel and was shot dead by police in December 1993. Much of the drug trafficking industry was subsequently taken over by Colombia’s Cali Cartel.

Called Twin Oceans, the latest operation targeted the drug network allegedly run by Jackson Orozco-Gil and the brothers Domingo and Mars Micolta-Hurtado from Colombia’s Caribbean coast. All three were arrested Tuesday in Colombia and Panama.

But the godfather of the organization, the DEA said, was "Don Pablo," who managed the multinational empire from São Paulo, where he’s been living the past three years.

"The Rayo-Montano organization had its own private, rogue navy to run a drug business that was nearly as sophisticated as a small nation," DEA administrator Karen P. Tandy said in a press release Wednesday.

As a result of the investigation, officials in nine countries, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States, arrested more than 100 people and seized 47.5 tons of cocaine and nearly US$ 70 million in assets throughout the world, the DEA said.

Of the more than 30 arrests on Tuesday, six were made in the United States, including one in Los Angeles in which a federal agent posed as a pizza deliverer, a DEA official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the operation. Four people were arrested in Miami. One arrest was made in Indianapolis.

The U.S. Department of Justice considered the Rayo-Montano organization one of its top drug targets, with a comprehensive infrastructure capable of everything from the production of cocaine and heroin in Colombia to smuggling and wholesale distribution in Europe and the United States.

Pravda – www.pravda.ru

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  • jke

    i worked whit mr pablo rayo is very gratefully is the best king ping i hate DEA he give me worked, he piad millions in cali colombia

    kill the usa

  • fitman

    Biggs was not extradited, he returned home on his own free will.

  • hackerman

    i hate DEA
    im sad because i worked whit don pablo and jake orozco in colombia, the goverment said that this persons are businessman , i hate the persons what arrested my boss

  • Guest

    they finally ended up extraditing Biggs, in case you didnt know…but after 20+ years. And as far as anyone has said on here, he doesn’t have a brazilian passport, he has a brazilian visa, obviously an investors visa, he’s columbian.

    Numerous Dept. of Homeland Security Agents are currently in the border region of brazil, argentina, and paraguay, coordinating and investigating money laundering, drugs, terrorism, hezbollah and hamas both have camps in this region, do you think the U.S. gov’t. is going to invest this money, time, effort, manpower, to catch people and then leave them to the brazilian gov’t. to joke their way through their corrupt judicial system?

  • Guest

    Extradiction ????????
    Dont take these guys and their lawyers for stupid !

    May be, he has a Brazilian passport, thus he could not be extradicted.

    And in Brazil there is a law, little known : if a person residing in Brazil, even a foreigner, “maks e” a baby to a Brazilian woman, he can no longer be extradicted…by Brazilian law !

    This is exactly what Biggs, the Glasgow train robber did several decades ago ! And no one could do anything against him !

    And with the help of a lot of Dollars, you can bet that the laws will be strictly applied. Many politicians and judges wants to change their Mercedes !

  • Guest

    well, all I can say is that they better extradite his ass to the U.S.

    Because the brazilian gov’t. will negotiate to only allow him to stay home on saturday nights and maybe take a speed boat or two away from him.

    Wait until he’s sent to the U.S.

    Does anyone want to place a bet that a negotiation won’t even be on the table??

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