Venezuelan officials have captured Colombian crime boss Maximiliano Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” reported Colombian media Monday.
According to newspaper El Tiempo, Colombian intelligence officials worked together with Venezuelan police to arrest the crime boss.
The split was followed by a surge in homicides in Medellin as Valenciano and his rival “Sebastian” fought over control of the city’s underderworld and strategic territories.
According to organized crime website Insight Crime, Valenciano, 39, reportedly began working for the Oficina when he was still a teenager, and managed to struggle his way to the top of the organization.
The crime boss has been linked to rebel groups such as the ELN and Mexico’s violent drug-trafficking gang, “Los Zetas.”
The U.S. Department of State has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Valenciano.
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