A top Colombian drug trafficker reputedly responsible for shipping tons of cocaine to the United States through Central America and Mexico has been captured in Venezuela, officials have said.
The US had offered a five million US dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, also known as Valenciano, who was also on Colombia's most-wanted list.
Colombian authorities said that Bonilla was captured on Sunday. The information was later confirmed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, who was in Venezuela meeting with President Hugo Chavez.
"He's one of the most recognised drug traffickers, who has caused terrible harm to our country," Mr Santos told Mr Chavez at the presidential palace. He added that Bonilla's capture was "truly a very high-value objective" for Colombian authorities.
"We know that your people, your authorities ... were after this individual for some time, and look how God is on our side, the coincidence that last night you captured him and today we can give this magnificent news," Mr Santos said.
"This is a very good welcome gift," Mr Santos told Mr Chavez.
The Venezuelan leader called the arrest "a happy coincidence".
Both presidents said it was an example of increased cooperation between their authorities. It was not immediately clear how authorities tracked down Bonilla.
He will be deported to the United States to face charges, said Venezuelan justice minister Tareck El Aissami.
US 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.