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Bubo of Guinea-Bissau Arrested on Drug Charges

Apr 5 2013 6:13AM

The former chief of Guinea-Bissau's navy, Rear Adm. Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, was arrested for alleged involvement in a drug network, officials said.

Na Tchuto, arrested on a boat in international waters near Cape Verde, will face prosecution in the United States, the BBC reported Thursday.

The U.S. government imposed a travel ban and asset-freeze on Na Tchuto in 2010 and has described him as a boss in Guinea-Bissau's drug-trafficking network.

The small West African country is a base for gangs that smuggle cocaine from Latin American to Europe, authorities said.

Last year, after a military-backed coup, the United Nations Security Council warned that political instability was allowing the drug trade to flourish in Guinea-Bissau, the BBC said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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