Head of a powerful Columbian drug cartel, pursued by the US authorities, was arrested Wednesday in Bucharest, with the help of the American Anti-Drug Agency, Romanian Police announced on Friday.

Jesus Eduardo Valencia Arbelaez, 49, with double citizenship - Mexican and Cuban, "was retained nearby a hotel, location chosen for setting up the details of a plane transaction, a means of transporting cocaine to South Africa and the US:, the Police report shows.

The man was the object of an international preventive custody mandate, issued by the New York District Court magistrate judge, for conspiracy, distribution and drug possession.

Bucharest Appeal Court issued a provisional arrest warrant for 29 days. The US extradition procedures began.