An accused money launderer charged with smuggling millions of dollars in drug profits from the United States has been returned from Switzerland to Los Angeles in a precedent-setting case, it was disclosed Monday.
U.S. Atty. Robert C. Bonner said the return of Oscar Fernando Cuevas, 34, a Colombian national, marks the first time that the Swiss government has extradited a suspect to the United States to face charges of laundering narcotics money.
"The high level of cooperation this investigation received from Swiss and British authorities represents a frank recognition of the fact that the war against drugs and the laundering of illicit proceeds transcends national boundaries," Bonner said.
Cuevas had been held by the Swiss since April, 1985. He returned to the United States late Friday to face a 15-count federal grand jury indictment naming him as the organizer of a scheme to provide a money-laundering service for drug traffickers.