By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) - Officials in the Dutch Caribbean say a judge has approved the extradition of a man arrested in St. Maarten who faces a drug charge in the United States.

Rogelio Koieman was indicted in October 2013 in New York in an alleged conspiracy to smuggle cocaine from the Caribbean island of Curacao to the United States.

He was arrested March 17 in St. Maarten.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office for the region announced Friday that a judge has approved the extradition of the 46-year-old former police officer. The U.S. government must submit a formal extradition request to Dutch authorities within 60 days of his arrest. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York declined comment.

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