Ex-Bolivian anti-drug chief pleads guilty in Miami

MIAMI, (Reuters) – A former top Bolivian anti-drug  official pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of conspiring to  smuggle cocaine into the United States in a case that has  proved a major embarrassment for Bolivia’s President Evo  Morales.

Retired General Rene Sanabria is a former head of Bolivia’s  leading counternarcotics unit. The U.S. attorney’s office in  Miami said he was director of an anti-drugs intelligence unit  attached to Bolivia’s Interior Ministry when he was arrested in  February in Panama and deported to Miami.

He had faced a life sentence if found guilty in a trial.  Sentencing was set for September 2.

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