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Farc drugs baron jailed in the US

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A leading member of the Colombian Farc rebel group has been sentenced to over 20 years in prison for his involvement in importing tons of cocaine to the US.

Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Mendieta, who was extradited to the US in 2007, pleaded guilty in December.

As well as cocaine distribution, Rodriguez took part in Farc's policy- making, a US prosecutor said.

Rodriguez, 47, also known as "Ivan Vargas", was arrested in Columbia in 2004.

He has admitted being a commander of the 24th Front of the left-wing rebel movement, AFP reports.

Farc is responsible for producing more than half of the world's cocaine supply, US prosecutors say.



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