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Suspects in Africa drug trade transferred to NYC

LARRY NEUMEISTER and PETE YOST • Apr 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities in New York say a former navy chief of a small West African nation has been transferred to the United States for trial on drug charges.

Prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced late Friday that Rear Adm. Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto and four other Guinea-Bissau nationals were moved to New York on Thursday.

Na Tchuto was designated a drug kingpin in 2010 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, accused of having a role in the cocaine trade in Guinea-Bissau.

He's in custody and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear who will represent him at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court.

Guinea-Bissau has played a key role in the drug trade. Its archipelago of virgin islands has been used by Latin American cartels as a stopover point for ferrying cocaine to Europe.

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