Colombia Extradites Major Drug Suspect to US - NBC 7 San Diego
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Colombia Extradites Major Drug Suspect to US

U.S. officials accuse Prado of shipping more than 250 tons of cocaine to the U.S.

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Five Signs That It’s Time to Get Help for Shoulder Pain
    AP/Colombia National Police, File
    This undated photo released by Colombia's National Police show officers escorting a man who police identify as Ecuadorean drug trafficker Washington Edison Prado after his April 2017 arrest on an indictment by a Florida federal court. Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said Saturday, Feb. 24. 2018, that it has extradited Prado to the United States.

    Colombia's chief prosecutor's office says it has extradited a major drug trafficking suspect to the United States.

    The agency says the man known as the "Pablo Escobar of Ecuador" was handed over to U.S. officials early Saturday.

    Washington Edison Prado had tried to prevent extradition by claiming membership in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — a status that would have made him eligible for amnesty under a peace deal.

    U.S. officials accuse Prado of shipping more than 250 tons of cocaine to the U.S. He allegedly rose from beginnings as a boatman running drugs along Ecuador's coast to become the head of a small army of smugglers spread across five countries.

    Prado was arrested in Colombia in April on an indictment by a Florida federal court.