September 8, 2001 |
Police here handed over Fabio Ochoa to U.S. authorities Friday night, concluding the most prominent extradition of an alleged Colombian drug lord since the late 1980s, the head of Colombia's anti-narcotics police said. Speaking moments after the extradition, Gen. Gustavo Socha said Colombian police transferred Ochoa to U.S. custody at a heavily guarded hangar next to Bogota's El Dorado International Airport shortly after 9 p.m.
August 26, 2001 |
In a joint U.S.-Colombian operation, police found $35 million stashed in the walls of two Bogota apartments--one of the largest seizures of drug money ever, officials said Saturday. The commander of the Colombian national police, Gen. Ernesto Gilibert, said Saturday that the apartments where the money was found were used as "private banks" by the North Valley Cartel, a major cocaine ring. The money was found Friday packed in more than 300 plastic-wrapped bundles of $100,000 each.
August 23, 2001 |
Colombia's Supreme Court approved a U.S. request to extradite Fabio Ochoa, a former leader of the defunct Medellin cocaine cartel. Ochoa, who was a close associate of the late Medellin boss Pablo Escobar, was one of 31 people arrested in Bogota, the capital, in an October 1999 crackdown against alleged members of a new cocaine- smuggling operation. If President Andres Pastrana signs the extradition papers, as expected, Ochoa will be flown to the U.S.
August 18, 2001 |
The State Department has directed its largest private contractor in Colombia to hire foreign pilots to fight the drug war, an order that helps get around Congress' attempt to keep the U.S. from slipping further into this country's messy civil war. Last year, Congress limited to 300 the number of civilian contract workers participating in U.S.-financed drug-eradication efforts in Colombia. But in a little-noticed decision, the State Department only counts U.S. citizens toward that limit.
July 28, 2001 |
A Colombian court ordered a suspension of aerial eradication of drug crops using the chemical glyphosate, the main prong of a U.S.-backed anti-drug offensive in the nation. The ruling by a Bogota district court came in response to a petition by an organization representing Colombia's native Indian communities. There were conflicting reports on the scope of the ruling. Local media reported that it applied only to indigenous reserves in southern areas.
June 14, 2001 |
The Mexican government announced Wednesday the capture of one of the country's most wanted fugitives, Alcides Ramon Magana, a major step in President Vicente Fox's crackdown on drug trafficking and corruption. Hours after Magana's arrest, an indictment against him was unsealed in U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York, the same venue where U.S. charges against former Gov. Mario Villanueva of Quintana Roo state in southern Mexico were made public last month. The U.S.