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Colombian Man Linked To 400 Cartel-Related Murders Arrested In Spain

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 16:  Two Spanish policemen guard a residence at Rutilo street during an operation against an international Jihadist recruiting network on June 16, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Police this morning made eight arrests in raids against an Islamist cell believed to be recruiting Jihadists to fight in Syria and Iraq for ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)Terrorist Group.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 16: Two Spanish policemen guard a residence at Rutilo street during an operation against an international Jihadist recruiting network on June 16, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Police this morning made eight arrests in raids against an Islamist cell believed to be recruiting Jihadists to fight in Syria and Iraq for ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)Terrorist Group. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Spanish police say they have arrested a Colombian suspected of being the leader of a ruthless criminal organization linked to 400 murders, international drug trafficking and extortion.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Hernan Alonso Villa and described as one of Colombia's most wanted criminals, was arrested Friday while driving on a highway on the outskirts of the southeastern Mediterranean port city of Alicante, police said in a statement.

Alonso Villa is alleged to be the head of a cartel, or criminal organization, from Medellin, Colombia. The cartel was founded by Diego Murillo Bejarano and has fought bloody turf wars with notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar.

Saturday's statement says Alonso Villa had 200 people under his command and was responsible for exporting cocaine to Spain, United States and the Netherlands.

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