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Man touted as one of biggest drug dealers ever gets 35 years

FILE - In this Tuesday July 9, 2013 file photo, Daniel Barrera, center, is escorted by police to a waiting car prior to his extradition to the U.S. from the counter-narcotics base in Bogota, Colombia. Known as "El Loco," Spanish for "The Madman," Barrera is scheduled to be sentenced Mondauy, July 25, 2016, and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday July 9, 2013 file photo, Daniel Barrera, center, is escorted by police to a waiting car prior to his extradition to the U.S. from the counter-narcotics base in Bogota, Colombia. Known as "El Loco," Spanish for "The Madman," Barrera is scheduled to be sentenced Mondauy, July 25, 2016, and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Colombian described as one of history's biggest cocaine dealers has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a New York judge who calls the scope of his crimes "staggering."

Daniel Barrera Barrera is known as El Loco. He was sentenced Monday by Judge Gregory Woods, who rejected a defense lawyer's request for leniency.

Prosecutors say Barrera shipped 720 tons of cocaine from Colombia to the United States and four continents.

Miami U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Ferrer says the sentencing closes the chapter on Barrera's reign as one of the largest cocaine traffickers ever.

The judge also ordered the 48-year-old Barrera to pay a $10 million fine.

Barrera was arrested in Venezuela in 2012 and was extradited to the U.S. in 2013. He pleaded guilty a year later.