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Colombia catches 5 suspects in death of DEA agent

Tuesday - 6/25/2013, 6:18pm  ET

Colombia's National Police Chief Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riano holds a police document showing the photos of four men who have been captured, during a press conference at police headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Leon said that four male gang members were arrested in connection with the murder of Special Agent James "Terry" Watson, who was assigned to the DEA office in Cartagena. The U.S. government asked for capture of the men for extradition. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's president says authorities have arrested five men in the slaying of a U.S. anti-drug agent during a robbery.

President Juan Manuel Santos says the five men are alleged members of a gang that specializes in robberies. Authorities say two are taxi drivers.

Both Colombian and U.S. officials have said they believe that Drug Enforcement Administration agent James Watson was probably killed in a common robbery, not because of his law enforcement work.

Colombia's National Police director says Edgar Javier Bello is believed to be the man who stabbed the 43-year-old Watson on June 20 after he left a restaurant and got into a taxi.

Gen. Jose Roberto Leon said Tuesday that an informant will receive about $25,800 for information in the case.


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