Jacinto Nicolas Fuentes German, who is suspected of being a leader of Colombia’s Urabenos criminal gang, has been arrested in Peru.
Peruvian police detained Jacinto Nicolas Fuentes German in Lima, after a joint intelligence operation with Colombia, Peru’s police chief, General Raul Salazar said.
Jacinto Fuentes Fuentes German, known as Don Leo, entered Peru illegally last month, they added.
The Urabenos gang controls much of the drug trade in northern Colombia, with many ex-paramilitaries in its ranks.
According to the Colombian authorities, Jacinto Nicolas Fuentes German took over running part of the Urabenos after one of the most wanted drug dealers, Henry de Jesus Lopez, was arrested in December in Argentina.
Jacinto Nicolas Fuentes German had been in prison in 2008 after being arrested with a group of armed men, but was subsequently released, Colombian media reported.