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Colombia extradites ex-FARC commander to U.S. on drugs charges -Breaking


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NEW YORK (Reuters), Colombian prosecutors announced on Friday that a former FARC paramilitary commander was being extradited from Colombia to the United States for drug trafficking allegations.

Martin Perez was the leader of the FARC unit called the 30th Front, which operated from 2011 through 2014. The group sent thousands of kilograms cocaine to America, and earned millions of dollars to support the FARC’s attempts to overthrow Colombia’s government.

Perez also known by “Richard” was taken into custody in Colombia in 2014. He was released from the FARC in a historic 2016 peace treaty. On Friday, Perez will be appearing before U.S. Magistrate Vera M. Scanlon to face six charges including international cocaine distribution.

Perez’s U.S. attorney for defense did not respond immediately to our request for comment.

Breon Peace (the top federal prosecutor for Brooklyn) stated that the Department of Justice was committed to working together with international partners in dismantling destructive drug trafficking organisations, particularly where they are used to finance violence or terrorism.

Colombian authorities have seized thousands upon thousands of kilograms cocaine that Perez had controlled, or was found in his vessels.

Perez’s extradition follows the extradition of Dairo Antonio Uuga, the leader of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo criminal organization. Peace called him one of the most wanted kingpins around the globe.