Second Aristide Aide Charged In U.S. Drug Case

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Another former high-ranking Haitian National Police officer has been arrested on charges of conspiring to import drugs into the U.S., reports the Miami Herald. The case is part of a federal inquiry into alleged drug trafficking by members of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s administration.

Rudy Therassan, ex-commander of a Haitian investigations unit, was picked up Friday on a federal warrant alleging that he received payments to protect shipments of cocaine passing through Haiti to the U.S. Oriel Jean, Aristide’s former chief of security, was arrested in Canada in March and extradited to the U.S.

Federal officials are investigating whether Aristide received payoffs from drug traffickers who routinely used Haiti as a transshipment point between Colombia and the U.S. Aristide fled the country on Feb. 29 amid a spreading rebellion demanding his ouster. Aristide’s attorney, Ira Kurzban, said the investigation was politically motivated as the U.S. tries to distance itself from Aristide.

Link: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/8677749.htm

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