The Washington Post

Ex-venezuelan official arrested on narcoterro­rism counts:

- — From staff reports and news services

Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, formerly a general and head of military intelligen­ce in Venezuela during Hugo Chávez’s presidency, was arrested in Madrid on Friday on counts of participat­ing in a narcoterro­rism conspiracy and related firearms charges, all contained in a Southern District of New York federal indictment. According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District, Carvajal Barrios, also known as “El Pollo,” is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States, including a 5.6-ton shipment in April 2006. He was initially arrested in April 2019 but then went into hiding, the statement says. Later that year, the Spanish National Court approved his extraditio­n to the United States. The State Department also offered a reward of up to

$10 million for informatio­n leading to his arrest and conviction. If convicted, he faces a possible life sentence.

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