Colombia Nabs Top Drug Lord

US will seek to extradite Daniel Rendon
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2009 2:44 PM CDT
Police officers stand next to coffins containing human remains, allegedly belonging to people killed by paramilitary fighters and rebels, in Santa Martha, Colombia.   (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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(Newser) – Colombian police nabbed their nation's top drug lord today, and the country's president "is breathing easy," a rep told AFP. Daniel Rendon, 43, alias Don Mario, had a $2 million price on his head after allegedly swapping drugs for weapons from leftist FARC rebels. Now that he's in custody, the US will seek his extradition on drug-trafficking charges, the AP reports.

The underworld linchpin—"one of the most feared drug traffickers in the world," president Alvaro Uribe said—was captured in a raid involving 300 officers. Rendon controls 1,500 assassins and had offered his associates $1,000 for each cop they killed. He's also accused of heading right-wing paramilitary groups that have killed more than 10,000 people and stolen millions of acres of land since the 1980s.