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Saturday, 2 February 2008

Wilber Varela, alias "Soap",New Bosses known as 'Red Shirt' '06'

Officials confirmed the body is that of Wilber Varela, alias "Soap", a man with a long and bloody history as leader of the Norte del Valle drug cartel.
While Varela had a $5m (£2.5m) bounty from the US on his head, the evidence suggests he was killed by his own men.
His cocaine smuggling cartel was the successor to the infamous Medellin cartel of Pablo Escobar.
It is believed that Varela's cartel moved thousands of tonnes of cocaine into the US and Europe.
US and Colombian intelligence agencies said that Varela had been hiding in Venezuela for at least a year, running his operations out of their reach.
Venezuela is now the principle transit nation for Colombian cocaine and does not co-operate with international anti-drugs efforts.
Colombian intelligence sources said that communications intercepts suggested that Varela was killed by some of his own men, a not unexpected end for a man who started in the drug business as an a assassin.
Last year, the other three leaders of the Norte del Valle cartel were captured, in effect bringing an end to the organisation.
However, a new generation of traffickers is already stepping up to take their place.
The security forces have the aliases of two men believed to be picking up the pieces within the cartel and keeping the business moving.
They are known only as '06' and 'Red Shirt' and the hunt is on for them and their real identities as a new chapter in the war on drugs begins.



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