Colombian drug boss Wilber Varela, one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the world, was found dead in the western Venezuelan city of Merida.
Nestro Reverol, head of Venezuela’s National Anti-Drug Office(ONA), said at the weekend that comparative studies of the finger prints of one of two dead dodies found in Merida confirmed that one which had originally been identified as Jose Anthio Perez Chacon was in fact Varela.
Reverol said that Venezuelan authorities are proceeding to hand the body over to Colombian authorities. The United States had offered a reward of up to 5million dolars for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Verela, also known with the alias ” Jabon” ( soap).
Colombian media have called Jabon the last great boss of the notorious North Valley Cartel. The US States Department said on its website tha Varela played ” a pivotal role in the violence and brutality that is associated with the north Valley Cartel to protect their power, territory, and property from rival Colombian drug trafficking organisations”. Varela, 50, was found dead with seven gunshot wounds alongside an as yet unidentified body in a tourist cabin in Merida.