Colombian police arrested the alleged Sinaloa cartel member in a luxury apartment located in the city of Cali. Colombian authorities were alerted by the DEA that Verdugo entered the country in February 2022. A Facebook post from the model found the couple at Los Cristales, a hilltop statue of Jesus. Verdugo was reportedly in the country to broker cocaine deals wit the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on behalf of the cartel. After finishing his deals, Berdugo traveled to Cali and met with the model.
The alleged Sinaloa cartel member was allegedly looking to establish a permanent residence in Colombia and serve as a cartel liaison between Mexico and Colombia. Upon being arrested, Verdugo tried to bribe the police with $265,000 according to officials. The man told arresting officers “If I was in Mexico, I would have already been freed by a group of armed men.” Verdugo will be extradited to California for prosecution on cocaine trafficking charges. Stay tuned for more updates.