Brazilian police say they have arrested one of Colombia's biggest drug traffickers, wanted on federal drug charges in the United States.

Authorities said they detained Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia in a raid on an apartment in the city of Sao Paulo.

The United States says Ramirez Abadia is extremely violent and closely allied with Colombia's Norte del Valle drug ring. He is suspected of ordering the killing of hundreds of people in Colombia and the United States.

Brazilian officials say Ramirez Abadia is likely to be extradited to the United States.

Brazilian police say he was captured in one of a series of raids across several Brazilian states that targeted drug traffickers suspected of shipping huge quantities of drugs to the United States and Europe.

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