Key Venezuelan drug suspect arrested in Colombia

August 21, 2010 02:27


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BOGOTA, Colombia – A prominent Venezuelan drug trafficking suspect who has been branded a major kingpin by the US government was arrested in Colombia, police said Friday.

Venezuelan Walid Makled Garcia was among several alleged smugglers named "significant foreign narcotics traffickers" last year by President Barack Obama. The White House requested sanctions against Makled under a law known as the Kingpin Act, which prohibits all transactions between traffickers and US companies and individuals, and freezes any assets in the US.

Makled was arrested Thursday in the city of Cucuta near the Venezuelan border, Colombian national police director Gen. Oscar Naranjo said.

He said Makled accumulated a fortune through an alliance with rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

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