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BOGOTA EXTRADITES 3 ACCUSED DRUG TRAFFICKERS TO U.S.

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Colombia continued to press its two-month-old crackdown on its illicit drug trade Saturday by extraditing three accused traffickers to the United States, officials in Bogota and the U.S. Justice Department said.

A spokesman for the national intelligence agency (DAS) identified the suspects as Ana Beatriz Rodriguez de Tamayo, Bernardo Pelaez Roldan and Roberto Peter Carlini. They were all sought on drug trafficking charges in the United States.The U.S. marshal's office in Washington said the three were initially flown to Miami and Carlini and Roldan were then flown to the jurisdictions where they were under indictment.

In Washington, the Justice Department said Tamayo was charged in Miami with conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States; Carlini was wanted on federal and state drug smuggling charges in Orlando, Fla., and that Roldan faces sentencing for drug charges on which he was convicted in absentia in Detroit in 1986.

Since Colombia began its anti-drug drive in August, only one accused drug trafficker has been extradited, Eduardo Martinez Romero, who was sent to Atlanta on Sept. 6. Romero is accused of laundering money for the Medellin drug cartel.

On Saturday, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said the four were not on the list of 12 drug cartel leaders he has asked Colombia to arrest and extradite.

Thornburgh commended Colombian President Virgilio Barco and the Colombian government for the latest extraditions.

"The Colombia people are setting an example for the world as they continue to extradite international drug traffickers in the face of continued threats and acts of intimidation," he said.

In another development, gunmen shot dead a radio journalist Friday in the nothern city of Cordoba, the second reporter to be killed this week in the country, authorities said Saturday.

Motorcycle-mounted assassins gunned down William Bendeck Olivella, 55, Friday night in front of his residence in Cordoba, capital of the Caribbean province of Monteria.

Police said they had no evidence that the murder of Bendeck, who was director of a radio station called "Avantado de Cordoba" and who had been consul in Nicaragua in the early 1980s, was drug-related.