Caribbean ‘drug baron’ arrested

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One of the Caribbean
region’s most wanted alleged drug barons has been arrested in Puerto Rico.

Jose Figueroa Agosto was
captured by the FBI in the island’s capital, San Juan, ending a decade-long
manhunt.

He is accused of running a
major smuggling ring that moved Colombian cocaine into the US via Puerto Rico
and the Dominican Republic.

In 1999, Figueroa, 45,
escaped from prison in Puerto Rico, where he was serving a 209-year sentence
for murder.

Last year, he narrowly
avoided capture in the Dominican Republic, escaping on foot after police shot
out a tyre on his car.

‘Tremendous arrest’

Figueroa was caught wearing
a wig while driving in San Juan, US officials say.

They say he tried to run on
foot – as he did in 2009 – but was caught by US Marshals and FBI agents.

“We asked him his name, and
he simply answered that we knew who he was,” Antonio Torres, the head of the US
Marshal Service’s fugitive task force in Puerto Rico, was quoted as saying by
the Associated Press news agency.

US Attorney Rosa Emilia
Rodrigues later said at a news conference that it was “a tremendous arrest”.

Figueroa is also wanted in
the Dominican Republic on kidnapping, money-laundering and drug-trafficking
charges.

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