Officials: Top Colombian drug trafficker captured

By Vivian Sequera / Associated Press
Posted: 11/28/2011 09:21:06 AM MST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian authorities say one of the country's most-wanted drug traffickers has been captured in Venezuela.

The U.S. government had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, who is best known by his alias "Valenciano."

U.S. officials allege Bonilla has sent tons of cocaine to the United States through Central America and Mexico, dealing extensively with Mexico's violent Zetas drug cartel.

Two senior Colombian officials told The Associated Press on Monday that Bonilla was arrested by Venezuelan and Colombian police, but they could not immediately confirm when or where.

The officials Monday spoke on condition of anonymity due to the subject's sensitivity.