A journalist kidnapped by the Medellin cocaine cartel in November was released on a Bogota street in an apparent attempt by drug traffickers to win favor with the government.

The released hostage, Beatriz Villamizar de Guerrero, took a half-hour taxi ride to her home after being set free late Tuesday."I'm very happy to be home," she told the Caracol radio network, adding that her captors promised soon to release her sister-in-law, Maruja Pachon.