Reputed drug kingpin Daniel “El Loco” Barrera and another Colombian national were deported back to their homeland on Wednesday, Venezuela’s interior minister said.
Barrera, 43, is “one of the most-wanted men in the world” and stands accused of smuggling more than 31 tons of cocaine into the United States, Nestor Reverol told reporters at Caracas’ Maiquetia International Airport.
The other Colombian deportee, Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa, is part of a “clan” with links to Mexican drug cartels, the minister said.
Both Colombia and the United States want to try Barrera for drug-related offenses.
“El Loco” was apprehended Sept. 18 in the western Venezuelan state of Tachira, bordering Colombia, where he had been hiding out since 2008.
Cifuentes was nabbed in Venezuela earlier this month.
A third man, Dominican-born U.S. citizen Eduardo Acosta Mejia, was also expelled on Wednesday, Reverol said.
Acosta, according to the minister, is a U.S. Special Forces veteran who fits the “profile of a mercenary,” with multiple visits to countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.
President Hugo Chavez announced in August that an apparent mercenary had been apprehended while trying to illegally enter Venezuela.