March 11, 2008
One of the U.S. government's most-wanted drug trafficking suspects has been captured in Venezuela and should be tried in the South American country, Justice Minister Ramón Rodriguez Chacin said Monday.
The suspect, identified as Armando Gonzalez Apushana, was captured Saturday at a ranch in western Venezuela, Rodriguez said.
The U.S. government, which has offered a reward of up to $5 million for his arrest, maintains that name is an alias and that the suspect's real name is Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco. He is also wanted internationally through Interpol.
U.S. authorities accuse Gonzalez of leading a drug ring known as the Guajira cartel and say he helped smuggle multiple tons of cocaine to the United States.