Suspected Submarine Drug Smuggler Detained

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News Americas, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Thurs. April 28, 2011: A Colombian man suspected of coming up with a scheme to use submarines to smuggle drugs to the United States has been nabbed.

Colombia-born Ignacio Alvarez Meyendorff was arrested in Argentina and is suspected of working for the once-powerful Colombian Norte del Valle drug cartel.

Argentina Deputy Security Minister Miguel Robles said Alvarez was arrested on Sunday with help from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, but news of his arrest were only made public on Wednesday.

Robles accused Alvarez of being in charge of the logistics behind the underwater smuggling scheme, and of perfecting the system. Alvarez has denied the allegations.

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