March 22, 2006

FARC leaders indicted in US for importing cocaine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fifty leaders of a Colombian rebel
group have been indicted on charges of importing more than $25
billion worth of cocaine into the United States and other
countries, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

The one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury
in Washington, D.C., names as defendants 50 leaders of the
FARC, a group the United States has designated a foreign
terrorist organization.

The Justice Department said three of the leaders are
currently in custody in Colombia and the United States would
seek their extradition.

According to the indictment, the group supplies more than
50 percent of the world's cocaine and more than 60 percent of
the cocaine that enters the United States.