Guinea-Bissau armed forces chief charged in NYC

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The armed forces chief of the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau has been charged in New York in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aid a foreign terrorist organization.

Federal authorities on Thursday announced the indictment of Antonio Indjai (ihn-JY').

They say a sting operation carried out by U.S. drug enforcement agents resulted in the charges.

Indjai has been subject to a United Nations travel ban since authorities say he participated in an April 2012 coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau.

The indictment was unsealed two weeks after a former navy chief of Guinea-Bissau was brought to New York for trial following his arrest at sea by federal drug agents.

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Four others charged in the conspiracy were brought to the U.S. for trial at the same time.

Indjai isn't in custody.