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US soldiers arrested for attempted arms smuggling in Colombia

[JURIST] Colombian police arrested two American soldiers Wednesday for attempted arms smuggling, potentially to illegal far-right Colombian para-military groups. This is the second set of arrests for US military smuggling in the past month; the other involved a US Air National Guard pilot and a crewmember who had attempted to smuggle millions of dollars worth of Ecstasy [Reuters report] into the United States. At the end of March five US soldiers were also charged with attempting to smuggle 32 pounds of cocaine out of Colombia [AP report]. Under a treaty, Colombia does not have the jurisdiction to try US soldiers, so cases arising from the latest arrests will be heard in the United States. Reuters has more.

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