Venezuela sends Colombians to US for drug charges

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela has deported two Colombian cousins to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.

Venezuelan anti-drug chief Nestor Reverol says the two men are wanted on 16 charges related to drug trafficking.

Henry Fortich Coneo and Wilmer Villadiego Coneo were flown to Miami on Tuesday. They were captured last month and have been wanted by U.S. authorities since 2001.

They're suspected to be former members of a dismantled gang in the Dominican Republic accused of drug smuggling and murder.

Col. Reverol didn't specify the charges or the quantity of drugs involved.

The U.S. has accused Venezuela of doing little to prevent trafficking of Colombian cocaine. President Hugo Chavez's government denies the accusations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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