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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 1, 2014

Colombian Murder Suspects of DEA Agent Extradited to U.S.

Colombia on Tuesday extradited to the United States seven suspects in the June 2013 murder of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in the course of a robbery, authorities said.

The seven suspects will be brought before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“The National Police made the formal handover to DEA officials of the seven (Colombian) citizens whose extradition was requested ... in the murder of antidrug agent James Terry Watson,” Gen. Ricardo Restrepo said.

The suspects were identified as Wilson Daniel Peralta, Edgar Javier Bello, Hector Leonardo Lopez, Edwin Gerardo Figueroa, Omar Fabian Valdes, Julio Estiven Gracia and Andres Alvaro Oviedo.

All the men are said to have participated in Watson’s murder on June 20, 2013, when the DEA agent got into a taxi in northern Bogota and the assailants tried to force him to withdraw money from several automatic tellers.

“These citizens were wanted via an Interpol Red Notice for the crimes of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime,” Restrepo said.

The extradited men belonged to a band known as Los Canarios.

The DEA agent had been stationed for three years in the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena and had married a Colombian woman two months before he was killed.

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