Former Venezuelan official, charged in narco-terrorism conspiracy, is arrested in Spain, US Justice Division says

Former Venezuelan official, charged in narco-terrorism conspiracy, is arrested in Spain, US Justice Department says

Carvajal Barrios, 61, was indicted last year in the Southern District of New York, for allegedly participating in a narco-terrorism conspiracy and a conspiracy to import cocaine into the US, including a 5.6-ton shipment of cocaine transported from Venezuela to Mexico in April 2006. He also faces related firearms offenses.

The former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence had been previously charged in the SDNY with the same crimes in 2019 and in 2011 on conspiracy to import cocaine charges, according to the US State Department.

The Spanish National Court approved his extradition to the US in 2019, and he remained a fugitive pending extradition until his arrest on Thursday, according to the US Justice Department.

His lawyer María Dolores Argüelles told CNN on Friday that her client pleads not guilty to the charges for which the United States requests his extradition, and for that reason, she will present precautionary measures before Spain’s Supreme Court to prevent the…