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Colombia Dismantles Drug Ring With Alleged Hezbollah Ties


Colombian authorities have announced the dismantling of an international drug and money-laundering ring that had alleged ties to Hezbollah guerrillas in the Middle East.

The attorney general's office says an international sting led to the arrest of nearly 100 suspects in Colombia and other countries.

Authorities say those arrested include three suspects from the Middle East who allegedly used profits from the drug trade to fund Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is a Lebanon-based Shi'ite militant group that the United States considers a terrorist organization.

Colombian officials say the drug ring used routes in Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Europe and the Middle East.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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