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US still seeks to extradite ex-Venezuelan spy master

Sep. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it is exploring ways to extradite a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling, even after Spain's National Court rejected a U.S. extradition request. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said...

US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

Sep. 17, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine, infiltrated...

Spanish court publishes ruling on Venezuelan ex-spy chief

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court says it rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges because the charges lacked detail and accepted the defense's claim that it was politically motivated. The court's ruling released...

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Sep. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. He...

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Sep. 12, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's former military spy chief told a Spanish court on Thursday that he won't waive extradition to the United States, claiming that the drug smuggling and other charges against him are politically motivated. Defense lawyers for retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal claimed in the court that...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

Albania: Ex-minister faces 12-year term in cannabis probe

Sep. 10, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison term for a former Albanian interior minister accused of being tied to a crime network suspected of trafficking large amounts of cannabis. Saimir Tahiri has been under investigation for two years on suspicion of drug trafficking,...

Thai Cabinet minister denies drug conviction report

Sep. 10, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A member of Thailand's Cabinet said Tuesday that an Australian newspaper report that he was imprisoned there for four years on a drug smuggling conviction was concocted by his political enemies, and he has no plans to resign. Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao was responding to a...

Hondurans feel fate of their unpopular president lies in US

Sep. 9, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a closet-sized underground hip-hop studio in one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Honduras' capital, Leonardo Sierra believes nothing will change in his country until the United States decides it should. In the 28-year-old's assessment, it is Washington — fearing a...

New Zealand officials find half ton of meth hidden in motors

Sep. 6, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities said Friday they found more than a half ton of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of 60 electric motors from Thailand. Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry told The Associated Press they believe a sophisticated Canadian drug cartel is...