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Ecuador’s Pablo Escobar extradited to U.S. to stand trial for cocaine conspiracy

February 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Purported drug lord Washington Edison Prado, referred to as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the United States on Saturday.

Edison Prado had unsuccessfully attempted to prevent his extradition by maintaining membership in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – a status that would have made him eligible for amnesty under a peace agreement.

In a statement, Colombia’s prosecutor’s office said that Prado was accompanied by 50 commandos and agents of various law enforcement agencies as he was transferred into the custody of U.S. authorities.

U.S. officials allege that Prado, also known by the nickname “Gerald,” shipped over 250 tons of cocaine to the United States.

Authorities said Washington Edison Prado \managed the most elaborate smuggling route on the Pacific coast of South America, and they compared it to Escobar’s Medellin cartel because it tried to take over the entire cocaine supply chain from production to its distribution in the United States.

According to ABC News, his group reportedly dispatched as many as ten go-fast boats a week, each of which transported roughly a ton of cocaine.

He reportedly started as a boatman smuggling drugs along Ecuador’s coast and ascended to become the leader of a small army of smugglers across five countries.

Prado was apprehended in Colombia in April after a federal grand jury indicted him in Flordia.

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