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Alleged Drug Trafficker Extradited To U.S. May Shed Light On Bungled Venezuela Coup Attempt

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The extradition from Colombia of an alleged drug trafficker wanted in Texas and of interest in Florida may also provide new details about last year’s failed coup in Venezuela involving a Florida security company, two of whose members were captured and sentenced to long prison terms.

The Colombian justice ministry on Wednesday authorized the extradition of Elkin Javier López Torres, who goes by the Spanish aliases La Silla and Doble Rueda, respectively The Chair or Double Wheels, both references to his wheelchair.

“He is part of a drug trafficking organization responsible for the coordination of the transport of cocaine shipments from Colombia to different countries,” the ministry said in a statement. “He covered tariffs on other cartels for use of the export routes and provided security for the transit of drugs via the routes over which he had control.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.