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Colombia to Extradite Suspected Drug Lord to Venezuela

Police officers escort suspected drug trafficker Walid Makled Garcia, from Venezuela, second from right, during a press conference at police headquarters in Bogota, Colombia (File)

Colombia has confirmed it will extradite a suspected drug lord to Venezuela instead of the United States to face charges.

The United States had been seeking the extradition of Walid Makled, who is on its most wanted list for allegedly shipping large amounts of cocaine into the U.S.

Colombian officials say Venezuela requested Makled's extradition first. They say he is facing charges of murder, drug trafficking and money laundering in Venezuela.

Makled was arrested last year in Colombia near the Venezuelan border.