Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Colombia: Seven Colombians Extradited to the US for Robbing, Murdering a US DEA Agent

According to The Latin American Tribune, Colombia on Tuesday (July 1) extradited to the United States seven suspects in the June 2013 murder of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent during the course of an armed robbery committed by a gang known as Los Canarios.

The seven suspects will be brought before the US 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 armed robbery and murder of Special Agent James Terry Watson,” Gen. Ricardo Restrepo said.

The suspects were identified as: Wilson Daniel Peralta, Edgar Javier Bello, Hector Leonardo López, Edwin Gerardo Figueroa, Omar Fabian Valdes, Julio Estiven Gracía and Andrés Alvaro Oviedo.

COMMENT: All seven of the assailants participated in Agent Watson’s murder on June 20, 2013, when the DEA agent got into a taxi in northern Bogotá 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.

Agent Watson had been assigned for three years in the coastal city of Cartagena and had married a Colombian woman just two months before he was killed.