How to get your passport stamped in Colombia: What you need to know
The border town of Valencia, Colombia, has long been the most heavily trafficked route for illicit drugs in the world, with a reported 4,000 drug-related deaths and a third of all cocaine seizures reported there last year.
But on Monday, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency announced that its agents had caught up with the drug kingpin and have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine ever to the city, worth $3.4 billion.
As a result of the seizure, the agency has released nearly 100 Colombian nationals who were on their way to the United Kingdom to join relatives and friends for a trip to Colombia, said Col. Miguel Arias, the chief of the customs unit at the Valencia-based US Customs and Homeland Security agency.
The two men, identified as Julio Guevara and Antonio Santos, are expected to be extradited to Colombia.
The DEA is also investigating the smuggling of nearly $2 billion worth of cocaine into the United State from Colombia.
A Colombian customs official said on Monday that they are currently in talks with the U.S. government.
The Colombian government, which has long refused to extradite drug traffickers, has vowed to take measures to ensure that no Colombian national is released in the United $tates.
“We will not give up the fight against this threat to our country and our citizens,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said at a news conference on Monday.