In retaliation for stealing 450 pounds of cocaine—and money—from a cartel, Taliban, a fugitive Venezuelan drug dealer, has his hands zip-tied and is being thrown alive into the ocean while wearing an anchor around his waist.
Prior to being struggled to be heaved over the side of a boat into the Caribbean Sea in Martinique, Reinaldo Fuentes, 68, is seen bound and gagged with blood smears on the back of his head.
Fuentes may be seen glancing directly towards the person taking the camera in the footage posted to social media. Then, he is cast overboard and left to perish.
His captors are not named, although one can be overheard in the background of the video requesting that no one’s faces be visible, followed by another adding, “He has no way to save himself.”
A intermediary for the Venezuelan Clan del Cartel, Fuentes earlier dropped a package of drugs worth $10 million at sea and made up a fake coast guard pursuit to justify not returning the drugs to his superiors while keeping the money.
He then repackaged the cocaine and took it to another Caribbean island before returning to the water to retrieve it.
The plan, however, failed when one of his goons turned on him, and on July 17—the day he was supposed to attend a cartel meeting—he met his watery end.
Veteran journalist Rafael Tolentino revealed on Monday’s episode of the Dominican Republic’s daily morning program “Esto No Es Radio” that Fuentes had obtained a fake national identification card that allowed him to live under the name Miguel Fulcar there, making it impossible for law enforcement to find him.
In the Dominican city of Bonao, Fuentes allegedly cared for the daughter of a well-known lawyer while dating her.
He was a native of Sucre, Venezuela, and was the father of three children born there.
Fuentes is accused of being in charge of the drug trade in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Bonao, where he acquired the moniker “Taliban” as a result of questionable business relationships with Middle Eastern drug smugglers.
Prior to this, a gunfight with the police in Buenos Aires resulted in the deaths of two members of his organization. Police were able to retrieve a stash of guns from a Bonao residence thanks to an investigation. According to reports, Fuentes owned the guns.
According to sources, Tolentino Fuentes arrived on July 14 and stayed for two days before departing.
According to sources who spoke to Tolentino, Fuentes was killed because he was involved in stealing a multi-million dollar cocaine cargo intended for Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands.
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