- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

BOGOTA (AP) - Colombia has extradited a former army major to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

A lawyer for 38-year old former Maj. Julio Cesar Parga Rivas says his client boarded a Washington-bound DEA plane in Bogota Wednesday.

Attorney Jose Fernando Duarte says Parga had been jailed in Bogota since April 2008, when the U.S. formally requested his extradition.

Colombia’s Supreme Court authorized the move in November. The court cited telephone wiretaps that it said captured Parga and others discussing narcotics shipments to the U.S., Central America and Mexico.

Parga is also under investigation in the February 2007 killing of five presumed rebels in the Colombian state of Cordoba.

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