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FARC Negotiator Faces Extradition to U.S. for Cocaine Conspiracy

  • Senior FARC member ‘Santrich’ arrested in raid on Bogota home
  • Santrich had been set to take a seat in Congress in July
Jesus Santrich 

Jesus Santrich 

Photographer: Adalberto Roque/AFP via Getty Images

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Colombian authorities arrested the former guerrilla commander known as “Jesus Santrich” at the request of the U.S., potentially throwing the nation’s peace process into crisis.

Santrich and three other former guerrillas face extradition to the U.S. for a conspiracy to export 10 tons of cocaine, the Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez said in a televised address. Santrich, whose real name is Seuxis Hernandez-Solarte, was one of the negotiators of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in its peace talks with the government in Havana.