Colombia Passing the Extradition Test

By shipping Martinez to the U.S., Barco defies the coke lords

The operation went off with military precision. At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Dijin, a police special-operations team, hustled Eduardo Martinez Romero out the back door of a maximum-security Bogota jail while other officers distracted reporters and photographers gathered in front. Martinez, wanted in Atlanta in connection with a $1.2 billion money-laundering scheme, was taken aboard a jet owned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and flown to his long-postponed rendezvous with U.S. justice.

With the extradition of Martinez, President Virgilio Barco Vargas proved his resolve in the battle against Colombia's drug traffickers. Barco vowed to drive the dealers...

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