Army Nabs Brother of Cartel Boss
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ A jailed Cali cartel kingpin tipped authorities off to the whereabouts of his wheelchair-bound half brother, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of drug trafficking.
The army seized Jose Manuel Herrera at a northern Bogota apartment. He is wanted by prosecutors on charges of illegal enrichment and money laundering.
Herrera is the half-brother of Elmer ``Pacho″ Herrera, once the Cali cartel’s third-ranking member who was arrested in 1996 and is serving a six-year prison term in Colombia.
The jailed kingpin turned in his half brother in return for an undisclosed sentence reduction, said a spokesman for the Cali public prosecutor’s office who requested anonymity. The spokesman said Jose Manuel Herrera was paralyzed in a traffic accident in New York City. The suspect’s age was not given.
Police earlier this month arrested ``Pacho″ Herrera’s cousin, Pedro Nel Herrera, and said they suspected he was linked to a seven-ton U.S.-bound cocaine shipment seized July 11 in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena.
Most of the leaders of the Cali cartel have been killed or captured, but the flow of cocaine out of Colombia has remained constant and is now smuggled by smaller, more discrete organizations.