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VIDEO: Colombian authorities arrest British drug ‘kingpin Andrew Dreamer in $500M cocaine trafficking operation

September 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
VIDEO: Colombian authorities arrest British drug ‘kingpin Andrew Dreamer in $500M cocaine trafficking operation

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Colombian authorities arrest British drug ‘kingpin Andrew Dreamer in $500M cocaine trafficking operation

Dramatic video captured the moment a British druglord identified as Andrew Deamer is seen climbing down from his attic bolt-hole after he was captured in a climactic 6 am raid carried out by authorities in Colombia.

Sporting shorts and T-shirt, he had bolted into the secret hideaway after he realized that anti-narcotics forces and army and navy troops were approaching his isolated farmhouse.

The 52-year-old was held along with his wife 37-year-old Marcela Zapata in a bust that took down a $450 million drug enterprise, the UK’s Daily Mirror reported.

The raid took place in Rionegro, which is located 20 miles from Medellin and in the areas where cocaine king Pablo Escobar once managed his cartel.

Deamer was busted hiding in an attic during a pre-dawn armed raid in Colombia (Screenshot)

Andrew Deamer had worked his way into the ­confidence of Colombia’s brutal cartel networks and one former US drug enforcer – who ­estimated that kingpin could be involved in a drug ring worth £1.2billion.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s office stated Deamer is responsible for tons of cocaine being sent to the UK, Europe, and the United States.

He allegedly had a string of Breaking Bad type drug labs where the cocaine could be chemically disguised – some as dog food, cat food, and fertilizer.

It was manufactured with essences and dyes, then the cocaine was extricated once it reached its destination.

Deamer is now behind bars in Bogota’s infamous La Picota jail after local officials said he had approved a “preliminary agreement.”

Investigators said he faces a sentence of 14 years and 8 months behind bars.

Video of the bust shows Deamer, in shorts and T-shirt, with his legs hanging from a hole in the ceiling.

His barking dogs had signaled agents to the area where he was hiding.

They then examined at the house’s CCTV, which showed him climbing into the attic.

Deamer is seen emerging through the attic hatch (Screenshot)

Deamer was among 18 individuals targeted in ­simultaneous raids in five cities. All the suspects were presented in a police line-up – with Deamer in a white cap, his head down, and Colombian wife Zapata concealing her face under a hoodie.

Other suspects are identified by the nicknames El Doc, Mosquito, The Skinny One, and The Fat One.

Deamer reportedly used his farmhouse as a center for a chain of financial backers and chemists, with a spider’s web of maritime supply territories into Europe and the US.

He went by two nicknames – El Mono, which is Spanish for The Monkey, and Marcos, an obvious nod to the TV show Narcos.

Authorities allege that he managed pop-up cocaine labs across Medellin, had a base in the city of Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast and another processing plant in Panama.

He also had a company in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, employed by cartels to sent cocaine to Europe.

Deamer was responsible for sending more than 2.5 tons of the drug whcih was made to look like pet food and fertilizer.

Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General told the Sunday Mirror the haul was confiscated in raids that took place over the course of three years.

It said Deamer was accused of smuggling six tons of cocaine from Barranquilla for another cartel – linking cocaine with an estimated value of £354million directly to him.

Chemists reportedly employed a unique tactic to make cocaine resemble pet food, with the Office of the Attorney General stating: “Our seizures revealed the use of multiple substances, essences and dyes to ensure the cocaine had a shape, smell, texture, and appearance to legal products.

“When it was at the destination, chemists had to travel to reverse the process for the drug to be sold.”

Deamer had already come up on the radar of the U.S. DEA.

However, the agency ended a file on him in 2011.

Deamer was apprehended last November but details have only just been released. Footage of the raid was acquired by the Mirror.

An agent went into the hiding place in the attic and discovered a sleeping bag and supplies. Agents also found £36,000.

Stashes of money were also located during the bust

Deamer and his wife were seen being escorted out of their villa, with a bulky bag of clothing and their dogs.

La Picota jail houses assassins, drug lords and revolutionaries from the­guerrilla group FARC.

Former U.S. agent Mike Vigil, who was DEA Chief of International Operations, stated: “A year in a Colombian jail is like 10 in the U.S.

“They are murderous and terrifying places. Being foreign, Deamer will be picked on, prisoners will extort him.

The former DEA boss estimated the likely amount of cocaine Deamer could have smuggled in the time he has been in Colombia as over 30 tons which is worth an estimated street value of £1.2billion.

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