Colombian actress Maria Adelaida Puerta, who captivated international audiences with her role as La Perrys in the action series "El Capo," returns now as a sophisticated drug trafficker who falls in love with a U.S. agent in a new telenovela.

"'La Mariposa' (The Butterfly) is a series about money laundering and at the same time a love story that takes place under some rather odd circumstances," Puerta told Efe.

Alicia Benitez, better known as The Butterfly, "is a socialite who had the chance to study outside of Colombia," the actress explained. "She's a very intelligent woman who, because of her ambitious nature, decided to get into money laundering, thinking that it would be easy and that everything is a game."

"La Mariposa: Amores que Matan" (The Butterfly: Loves that Kill) is a telenovela in 60 episodes produced by Fox Telecolombia for RCN television and filmed in Colombia, Mexico and Miami.

After being aired for Colombian viewers beginning Dec. 4, it will be transmitted to an international audience from the United States over the MundoFox network.

"Each character is a universe so different from the actor who plays it and is also different from all the other characters in the novela, so it's quite a challenge to play them," Puerto said.

Born Nov. 11, 1980 in Medellin, Maria Adelaida Puerta Restrepo began to win fame as a theater actress in her native country. EFE