Bulgaria to extradite drug lord with ties to Latin America

first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2012 SOFIA, Bulgaria — A Bulgarian court ordered on June 20 the extradition of suspected drug lord Evelin Banev to Italy, where he is wanted for allegedly masterminding a huge cocaine-smuggling ring from Latin America to Europe. Banev, also known as “Brendo,” is wanted by the Italian authorities as part of an international gang allegedly responsible for trafficking as much as 40 tons of cocaine from Latin America to Europe between 2004 and 2007. A five-year Italian investigation concluded in May found that a Bulgarian gang based in Milan, Italy and Alicante, Spain was supplying the ’Ndrangheta with cocaine from Latin America, the interior ministry said. Bulgarian traffickers transported the drugs by plane and onboard Italian ships, allegedly paid for by Banev. The ships and planes ran between islands in the Caribbean and Venezuela to ports in Spain and the Portuguese island of Madeira. [AFP, 20/06/2012; Sofiaglobe.com (Bulgaria), 20/06/2012]last_img

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