Suspected drug cartel boss caught in Venezuela

The Associated Press
11:15 a.m. May 21, 2009

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities have arrested a suspected drug trafficker allegedly linked to a major Colombian drug gang.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami calls Wilmer Ignacio Guerrero Ibanez one of the "bosses of Colombia's most important cartels."

El Aissami said Thursday that Guerrero Ibanez could be deported to Colombia. He said the suspect was captured in western Falcon state, but did not give further details.

Washington officials have accused Venezuela of failing to fight drug trafficking effectively. President Hugo Chavez counters that his government is making every effort to combat smuggling.

El Aissami said Venezuelan authorities have arrested six prominent drug traffickers so far this year. ... dex=103282