Hugo Fenel Bernal-Molano (Captured)

Date of Birth: November 1, 1967
Place of Birth: Colombia
Height: 5’9″, Weight: 165 lbs
Eyes: Brown, Hair: Brown

On March 2, 2007, Hugo Fenel Bernal-Molano was captured by Colombian authorities in the town of Valencia, which is in the Colombian department of Cordoba.

Hugo Fenel Bernal-Molano is an ex-Colombian Army officer who was forced to retire in 1992 due to his connections to deceased Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. From approximately 1996 to 1998, he was identified as being a high-ranking member within the North Valle cartel. He established a large-scale drug and money laundering operation involved in smuggling bulk quantities of cocaine totaling over 5 metric tons from Brazil to the United States. Bernal-Molano is allegedly linked to the Autodefensas Unidades de Colombia (AUC), a Colombian paramilitary organization that has been identified by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. He was indicted on September 26, 2001 in the Eastern District of New York for conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine and money laundering.


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