Hernán Alonso Villa, known as El Ratón, has been arrested by Spanish police in connection with over 300 murders in his native Colombia.
Villa, 40, is the boss of crime group, Oficina de Envigado, which stemmed from the infamous Medellín Cartel, founded by Pablo Escobar back in the 1970s.
The 200 strong group are believed to have organised massive shipments of cocaine to the US, Holland and Spain, via routes that Villa controlled.
‘El Raton’is being held on extortion, drug smuggling and people trafficking charges and he will now be extradited back to Colombia.
“He will have to answer for more than 300 homicides attributed to him in a confrontation between ‘Sebastian’ and ‘Valenciano’,” the head of Colombia’s National Police, General Rodolfo Palomino, stated on television.
The arrest came after a month long search operation carried out by Colombian and Spanish police. He had been using fake identities and moving around to avoid capture. Villa was finally captured on a highway in the Alicante Province. He had €40,000 in cash on him at the time.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has recognised Spain as a major entry point between South American drug manufacturer countries and Europe.