MADRID — Spanish police on Friday arrested Hugo Carvajal, a former general and close ally of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, on drug trafficking charges on an arrest warrant issued by the United States, a police spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman would not provide further details about the charges against Carvajal. In 2008, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned Carvajal for "materially assisting the narcotics trafficking activities" of Colombia's FARC rebel group.
A court spokesman said Carvajal would appear before Spain's High Court on Saturday. The court needs to decide within 24 hours of his arrest whether he will be jailed pending a decision on his extradition or if he will be set free.
The U.S. Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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