- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Two prominent Venezuelans have been charged in a Miami federal court on drug conspiracy charges.

Former Venezuelan Interpol director Rodolfo McTurk and former judge and attorney Benny Palmeri Bacchi are accused of conspiring with a Colombia drug trafficker to distribute cocaine en route to the United States.

A judge postponed a bond hearing on Thursday.

A third Venezuelan, former head of military intelligence Hugo Carvajal, was arrested in Aruba at the request of U.S. prosecutors. He has been charged in a separate indictment.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1pNIXfA) reports that the case marks the first time former high-ranking officials in the government of the late President Hugo Chavez have been linked in federal court to Colombian cartel leaders.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com


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