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COLOMBIA: COLOMBIAN "COCAINE QUEEN" ARRESTED.


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One of the world's most wanted drug dealers, Veronica Rivera de Vargas, was arrested by Colombia police on February 12. The 45-year-old Rivera de Vargas, known as the "Cocaine Queen", was asleep at a remote farm in southeast colombia when she was arrested with 12 members of her gang. Police also seized 132 kilograms (290 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of 128 million US dollars, a plane, three cars and weapons. Rivera de Vargas fought her way through gang wars from small-time smuggling to undisputed control of Colombia's lucrative drug traffic. She extended her empire into other Latin American countries and was also wanted in the United States and Europe. Police said the "Cocaine Queen" started in a small in Bogota where she dealt in smuggling goods. In 1975 she quit the ordinary smuggling business and rapidly became head of a gang fighting for control of the Colombian drug market. In 1977 she was detained by Colombian secret police as she tried to travel abroad on a forged passport. But she was released for reasons not explained. Then followed her arrest and close escapes from Peru and Mexico. Colombian police lost track of her until they discovered a farm bought in the name of her latest lover. She set up a modern laboratory at the farm from which she dispatched processed drugs directly to Europe and the United States.

Reference 1083/83
Tape 194
Issue
Can
Source ALVARO HENRIQUEZ
Restrictions Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed.
Time code 00:51:52 - 00:53:16
Date original FEBRUARY 15, 1983
Duration 1.25
Technical
Subset Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957
Location BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Sound NATURAL
Colourbw COLOUR

1. CU Veronica Rivera de Vargas known as the Cocaine Queen. 0.17
2. SV Filing cabinet filled with cocaine locked with padlocks. 0.22
3. CU Padlock PULL BACK TO seals on cabinets. 0.33
4. GV Cache of cocaine and automatic weapons and pistols emptied from bags. (3 SHOTS) 1.25

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