‘Top money launderer’ held in Colombia


Colombia has arrested a man who is suspected of running a major drug money-laundering organisation, the US Drug Enforcement Agency has announced.

It said Nidal Waked was held at the airport in the Colombian capital, Bogota, on Wednesday night.

Mr Waked, who is a national of Colombia, Lebanon and Panama, now faces money laundering and bank fraud charges in the US state of Florida.

Six other people were named as his suspected associates.

The DEA said it had designated Panama-based Mr Waked as a drug lord, describing him as “one of the world’s most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators”.

Such designation freezes all US assets of Mr Waked and his alleged associates.

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