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Venezuela deports suspected drug lord

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:46 PM EDT, Wed July 25, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Diego Perez Henao is extradited to Colombia
  • Venezuelan authorities arrested the alleged drug lord in June
  • U.S. and Colombian authorities had offered rewards for his capture

(CNN) -- Venezuelan authorities Wednesday deported an alleged drug lord wanted by authorities in Colombia and the United States, state media reported.

Diego Perez Henao, the alleged leader of a paramilitary group known as "Los Rastrojos," was extradited to Colombia, Venezuela's state run VTV said.

Before his arrest, U.S. and Colombian officials had been offering millions of dollars for information leading to the capture of Perez Henao, better known by his alias "Diego Rastrojo."

He is accused of being a former founding member of the Norte del Valle drug cartel and is thought to be the supply source for multi-ton loads of cocaine smuggled into the United States.

Perez Henao was indicted in 2011 in the Southern District of Florida for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine.

He is linked to kidnappings, tortures and assassination in Colombia, Venezuela and Panama, according to the State Department, which had offered up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest.

Colombian police said in June that Perez Henao was posing as a foreman on a farm in Venezuela when he was captured, along with 10 bodyguards posing as farm workers, CNN affiliate Caracol reported.

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