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Chavez is pressing Colombia to extradite alleged drug kingpin to Venezuela instead of the U.S.

Alleged drug kingpin Walid Makled, known as "The Turk", could accuse Chavez of supporting drug traffick.

Colombia will extradite a businessman accused of being a major drug kingpin back to his native Venezuela to face justice, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday on Cuban television.

Chavez said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos promised in a recent meeting that Walid Makled, known as “The Turk,” would go to Venezuela, not the United States, where he is also wanted.

Chavez fears that the United States, with whom he has frosty political relations, would use Makled to try to discredit him.

Makled was captured in August in Colombia in a joint operation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the head of Colombian police said at the time he would be extradited to the United States.

He is accused of shipping tons of cocaine each month to the United States and Europe, in an alliance with Colombian leftist rebels.

Chavez said Santos told him in a meeting on Tuesday in Venezuela that “he was going to fulfill that commitment to send this bandit to Venezuelan justice and…READ MORE HERE.