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AP Exclusive: Drug extradition may shed light on Venezuela

Law enforcement officials say a border region butcher with a bad headlight might help shed light on the scope of Venezuelan military involvement in the cocaine trade.

A drug trafficking indictment against Gersain Viafara-Mina was unsealed Oct. 16 by a judge in the Southern District of New York, a day after Colombia extradited the 49-year-old to the U.S.

Law enforcement officials say the Colombian native was a low-level but key conduit between drug traffickers from several nations and members of Venezuela's military in that country's wild west, the state of Apure, which the U.S. says is home to hundreds of clandestine airstrips.

In his first court appearance in the...