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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-28-07 04:43 AM
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22. The strange case of Manuel Vicente Losada

Police Bring Down Country's Largest Drug Operation Ever


May 5, 1998

Chilean Police arrested at dawn Monday 11 people suspected of drug trafficking and money laundering in connection with the notorious Cali Cartel of Colombia. Officials believe the drug ring to be far bigger than that allegedly run by Mario Silva Leiva, a.k.a. Cabro Carrera, considered Chile's leading cocaine kingpin.

The arrests, which took place in the capital of Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso, were part of a joint operation by Carabineros Police and the State Defense Council (CDE), which had been monitoring the operation for over a year. The suspects allegedly have provided shipping services to the Cali Cartel.

The alleged leader of the narcotics ring is Vina del Mar businessman Manuel Vicente Losada, who was arrested in Santiago. Another key suspect arrested yesterday is Gabriel Toro Toro, a Colombian whom authorities have identified as an important nexus of the Cali Cartel.

These and the other suspects arrested have been linked to a shipment of five tons of cocaine which U.S. drug enforcement officials in Miami intercepted over six years ago on the vessel Harbour, as it headed toward Guantanamo Bay. The drugs, valued at US$60 million, had come from the Cali Cartel and were to be sold in the U.S. The vessel, which originally came from Peru in 1991 under the name "Golden Hill," had a Chilean captain, Yerko Huerta, and a crew of 27 Chileans and one Colombian at the time it was seized. U.S. courts sentenced Huerta to life in prison, and sentenced 19 of the crew members to prison terms of between 10 and 19 years.

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