BUENOS AIRES – A purported Colombian drug trafficker known as “My Blood” was extradited Thursday to the United States, Argentine officials said.
Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño had been in custody in Argentina since October 2012, when he was detained after entering the country on what turned out to a false passport.
Once they determined his true identify, Argentine authorities found out he was wanted by Colombian National Police on suspicion of being a major supplier of cocaine to Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel.
A U.S. federal court filed a request for Lopez Londoño’s extradition in late 2012 to face drug trafficking charges.
Though the Argentine judiciary responded positively, a series of appeals brought the case before the country’s Supreme Court, which ruled on Sept. 13 that the Colombian could be sent to the U.S. for trial.
Early this month, authorities at Ezeiza prison moved Lopez Londoño to an isolation cell after learning that he was plotting an escape.