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2006-08-23 15:57:41

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspected Colombian drug lord pleaded innocent on Wednesday to charges that he smuggled $100 million worth of cocaine from Colombia to the United States via Panama and Mexico. Manuel Felipe Salazar Espinoza, nicknamed "Hoover," was extradited to New York from Colombia on Tuesday to face narcotics trafficking and money-laundering charges, federal prosecutors said in a statement. It said Salazar Espinoza headed an international drug trafficking organization that...

2006-08-23 12:36:19

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspected Colombian drug lord pleaded innocent on Wednesday to charges that he smuggled $100 million worth of cocaine from Colombia to the United States via Panama and Mexico. Manuel Felipe Salazar Espinoza, nicknamed "Hoover," was extradited to New York from Colombia on Tuesday to face narcotics trafficking and money-laundering charges, federal prosecutors said in a statement. It said Salazar Espinoza headed an international drug trafficking organization that...

2006-08-14 18:11:06

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Colombian brothers have been sentenced to more than eight years in U.S. prison for their part in a multimillion-dollar international drug-money laundering ring, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Nicolas Otalvaro-Ortiz and his brother Gabriel were extradited from Colombia last year after a joint operation by authorities in the United States, Canada, Colombia and Britain dismantled a ring that laundered millions of dollars of drug money. "Operation White...

2006-07-10 16:57:11

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most famous drug lords and could offer him up to other countries who want to extradite the former ally of dead drugs boss Pablo Escobar, police said on Monday. Police caught Leonidas Vargas as he emerged from a Madrid hotel and arrested him for carrying a fake Venezuelan passport. Vargas once headed the Caqueta drug cartel in the southwest of Colombia. He was arrested and served time in jail from 1993. He had worked...

2006-05-17 14:15:00

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian and U.S. authorities have smashed a major drug trafficking ring and captured 26 Colombians wanted for extradition for shipping 70 tonnes of cocaine to the United States. The operation, named "Twin Oceans," led to the capture in Brazil of the group's head, Pablo Rayo Montano, who was among the top 42 drug traffickers sought by Washington, Jorge Alirio Baron, the anti-narcotics chief for the Colombian National Police, said. "It was an operation involving...

2006-03-30 08:15:48

By Linda Hutchinson-Jafar PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) - More than a dozen gunmen attacked a gas station in Guyana late last month, fired on passing cars, torched a house and machine-gunned the occupants of another. Eight people died in the rampage. Somehow, say police in the jungle-clad Caribbean country, the attack was linked to a high-speed chase between the Guyanese coast guard and a trawler escorted by two speedboats as it carried suspected drugs down the Demerara River....

2006-02-27 18:25:00

MIAMI (Reuters) - Two high-ranking Colombian cocaine traffickers were sentenced on Monday to two decades in prison and ordered to forfeit millions of dollars in illicit gains after pleading guilty to drug-smuggling, U.S. officials said. Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez, whose fugitive brother Diego Montoya Sanchez is accused of having founded the North Valley Cartel, was sentenced to 262 months behind bars and ordered to relinquish $9.6 million, said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern...

2006-01-18 16:28:08

MIAMI (Reuters) - The son of a former head of Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, accused of keeping its drug business going while his father was in jail, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a long list of criminal charges in federal court in Miami. The brief court appearance by William Rodriguez Abadia, son of once feared Cali cartel kingpin Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, came two days after he surrendered to U.S. authorities in Panama. Clad in blue jeans, a light blue shirt and ankle...

2006-01-17 13:43:16

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - The son of a former head of Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel, accused of keeping the drug business going while his father was in jail, has surrendered to U.S. agents in Panama and been sent to the United States, a Panamanian official and a relative said on Tuesday. William Rodriguez Abadia, son of former Cali cartel boss Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, who was extradited from Colombia to the United States last March, negotiated his surrender and...


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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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