Colombian authorities have arrested a drug trafficker known as the ‘Prince of Submarines’ who is wanted by a federal court in Florida for helping one of Mexico ‘s most powerful cartels in shipping $540 million worth of cocaine. Oscar Quintero, 33, used submersibles and speedboats to send shipments of cocaine from the Pacific coast departments of Nariño and Cauca to members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Central America, authorities say. The deadly cartel then moved the massive shipments into Mexico before they were smuggled across southern United States border. Quintero’s organization also used the Dominican Republic as a hub to ship cocaine to the United States. Authorities claim he had arranged the shipment of 12 tons of the Type A party drug. During their investigation, Colombian security forces seized seven tons of cocaine worth at least $300 million. Quintero was arrested January 29 in the Valle del Cauca municipality of Darién, however it was not revealed by the Colombian National Police until late Thursday night. Quintero’s extradition has been requested by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Colombian National Police General Jorge Vargas said Quintero drug smuggling ring depended on the aid of organized criminal groups… Read full this story
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