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Woman captured who would have laundered $1.8 billion belonging to Daniel “el Loco” Barrera


Apparently, the woman would have laundered 1.8 billion pesos that belonged to Loco Barrera - credit EFE
Apparently, the woman would have laundered 1.8 billion pesos that belonged to Loco Barrera – credit EFE

On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the National Police confirmed the capture of Raquel Stella Valenzuela Sandovalwho, presumably, would have lent his name and served as figurehead of the drug dealer Daniel Barreraknown in the criminal world as the Crazy Barrier.

He Crazy Barrera was captured by Venezuelan authorities in 2012 and later handed over to agents from the Criminal Investigation Directorate and INTERPOL of the National Police (Dijin).

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According to the information shared by the National Police, Raquel Stella Valenzuela Sandoval allegedly sold luxurious apartments in Bogotá and Cundinamarca. This would have led to Valenzuela Sandoval, according to investigations carried out by Dijin experts, managing to launder more than 1.8 billion pesosso a unjustified increase in assets by the one captured today.

After the capture of Crazy Barrera, the authorities continued on the trail of people who have worked with extradited to the United States, which is why it was possible to identify Valenzuela Sandoval, who must answer for the crimes of money laundering in a heterogeneous competition with illicit enrichment of individuals.

Apparently, Raquel Stella Valenzuela Sandoval would work as a front man for drug trafficker Daniel el Loco Barrera, which is why the National Police confirmed her capture - credit National Police
Apparently, Raquel Stella Valenzuela Sandoval would work as a front man for drug trafficker Daniel el Loco Barrera, which is why the National Police confirmed her capture – credit National Police

According to Insight Crime organizationDaniel Crazy Barrier can be considered as the modern drug trafficker most similar to Pablo Escobarwhich until its capture in 2012 created a network of collaborators in which he worked hand in hand with former paramilitaries and guerrillas.

Daniel Barrera was born in November 1968and over the years he came to control the cocaine that moved in the region of the Colombian Eastern Plains and that it was sent to the United States and Europe. He Crazy Barrera began his criminal life in the 80s in the department of Guaviare where, together with his brother Omar Barrerasupplied chemicals to the laboratories in which coca base was processed to transform it into cocaine hydrochloride.

Daniel "Crazy" Barrera was captured in San Cristóbal, Venezuela on September 18, 2012 - credit AFP
Daniel “El loco” Barrera was captured in San Cristóbal, Venezuela on September 18, 2012 – credit AFP

And the relationship with his brother was so close that, after the murder of Omar Barrerathe retaliation that Daniel Barrera took against those responsible for the death of his relative led him to be baptized as Crazy.

In the mid-1990s, Daniel Barrera was already recognized as a trafficker and intermediary, as he bought semi-processed cocaine from, among others, the commanders of the Fronts 10, 14, 16 and 17 of the then Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) to sell it to clients who were linked to the North Valley Poster.

The control of Crazy Barrier in the Eastern Llanos area was so big that he even bought drugs from him Géner García Molinaknown as John 40commander of 43rd Front of the FARC to sell it to José Miguel Arroyavecommander of Centauros Block of the paramilitaries.

Throughout his criminal career, Loco Barrera also faced Victor Carranzaa well-known emerald merchant with whom they engaged in a bloody war, for which Carranza suffered several attacks by the drug trafficker, but never they managed to kill him.

The beginning of the end for Barrera came when a southern district court of florida announced a team of prosecutors to prosecute the new generation of drug traffickers in Colombia and because of his profile, the court issued a formal accusation from the United States against the Crazy.

But, his contacts with Colombian leaders and with the extinct Administrative Department of Security (DAS)allowed Barrera to survive a long time until his capture was confirmed in San Cristóbal, Venezuela on September 18, 2012.



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