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Venezuela deports two drug suspects to U.S.

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Both suspects were sought in the state of New York
  • One suspect is Colombian, the other is from the Dominican Republic
  • Venezuela says it has captured 16 top-level international drug suspects

(CNN) -- Venezuela deported two narcotrafficking suspects to the United States on Monday, the state-run Agencia Venezolana de Noticias said Monday.

Colombian citizen Jaime Alberto Marin and Omar Guzman Martinez of the Dominican Republic are wanted in separate drug cases in New York, said the Venezuelan news agency, commonly known as AVN.

Marin, 48, was captured in the state of Nueva Esparta on September 16, it said.

Marin, also known as Beto Marin, was the head of the Norte del Valle cartel in Colombia and was wanted by Interpol, the international police agency, AVN said. He also had connections with the Tijuana cartel in Mexico, it said.

The U.S. District Court for eastern New York ordered his arrest in January 2007 on drug-trafficking charges, AVN said.

Guzman was arrested August 25 in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the news service said. Officials said the 38-year-old suspect was the head of an international drug-trafficking organization known as Guzman Martinez, AVN reported.

The Guzman Martinez cartel smuggled more than one ton of cocaine aboard cargo containers shipped from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to a port in Staten Island, New York, the news agency said.

The U.S. District Court for southern New York ordered his arrest on February 13, 2008, AVN said.

Venezuela said Monday the nation's authorities have now arrested 16 top-level suspects wanted by Interpol on drug charges.