Spain arrests Venezuelan spymaster wanted on US drug charges
MIAMI (AP) – Madrid police have arrested a former Venezuelan spy master in a hidden apartment on US narcotics charges almost two years after he defied a Spanish extradition warrant and disappeared. Gene.
MIAMI (AP) – Madrid police have arrested a former Venezuelan spy master in a hidden apartment on US narcotics charges almost two years after he defied a Spanish extradition warrant and disappeared.
General Hugo Carvajal, who was Hugo Chavez’s eyes and ears in the military for over a decade, was arrested Thursday night in a small apartment where he was hiding.
“He lived completely locked up, never going outside or approaching the window, always protected by people he trusted,” said Spanish police in a statement on social media in which they posted a short video as heavily armed officers Carvajal . Handcuffed.
Spain’s Supreme Court approved Carvajal’s extradition to the United States in 2019, where he will face charges in New York and Florida on alleged links with Colombian rebels known to control valuable cocaine smuggling routes.
The decision followed an earlier ruling by a Supreme Court judge that dismissed the US arrest warrant on political grounds. Meanwhile, Carvajal has been released and never heard from again, save for a brief statement on social media last year saying he went underground to protest what he considered political interference in his Case looked at.
Carvajal has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Parra reported from Madrid.
Joshua Goodman and Aritz Parra, The Associated Press