Facebook Twitter

EX-BOLIVIA OFFICIAL TO FACE DRUG CHARGES IN THE U.S.

SHARE EX-BOLIVIA OFFICIAL TO FACE DRUG CHARGES IN THE U.S.

A former minister of the interior, Luis Arce Gomez, was extradited Monday to the United States, where he is wanted on drug-trafficking charges, a senior Interior Ministry official said.

Arce Gomez was arrested Sunday near the city of Santa Cruz, 350 miles east of La Paz, and placed on a plane that left for Miami at 7:30 a.m., the official said.In Miami, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Diane Cossin said Arce Gomez is wanted in Miami on federal charges of cocaine conspiracy.

Gomez and 17 other people were indicted in the Southern District of Florida in 1983 in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy. Another defendant in the case, Ana Rodriguez de Tamayo, was extradited by Colombia to Florida Oct. 14 and is awaiting trial.