A man reputed to be one of Colombia’s most violent cocaine traffickers surrendered to police Saturday, the fifth alleged kingpin of the Cali cartel to wind up behind bars in one month.
Phanor Arizabaleta, a 57-year-old rancher whose face is on thousands of wanted posters, turned himself in at the Bogota offices of the DAS, Colombia’s secret police, said DAS Director Ramiro Bejarano.
The Cali cartel, which supplies 80 percent of the world’s cocaine and also exports heroin to the United States, has been hit by almost daily police raids in recent months.
In the past month, two Cali cartel kingpins have been arrested and three, including Arizabaleta, have surrendered. Two other cartel leaders remain at large.