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Colombia Captures Twin Who Allegedly Led Major Drug Ring With Brother


Colombian authorities say they have captured a wanted drug lord who allegedly led a major ring with his twin brother, who was killed by police earlier this week.

Authorities say Miguel Angel Mejia was captured early Friday in the Tolima region, about 100 kilometers west of Bogota.

The brother, Victor Manuel Mejia, was killed Tuesday at a farmhouse in the northern state of Antioquia, along with two of his associates.

The United States had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of each of the brothers.

The two allegedly ran illegal drugs into the United States via Mexico.

Authorities say the brothers were also members of a right-wing paramilitary group that demobilized in recent years as part of a peace deal with the government. But the twins went on the run instead of turning themselves in as part of the deal.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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