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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia on Monday extradited to Venezuela a man the White House has called an important drug kingpin, sending him to face trial in the very country where he says close associates of President Hugo Chavez were his business partners.
Walid Makled was turned over by Colombian police to Venezuelan officials at a Bogota air base, then led handcuffed aboard a waiting Venezuelan jet.
He faces drug smuggling and murder charges in Venezuela. Miguel Angel Ramirez, his defense lawyer in Colombia, said by phone that Makled plans to plead not guilty before a Venezuelan cour