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Bolivian police search for ex-drug lord who fled clinic

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Police in Bolivia say a former drug lord who had served almost 28 years in prison in the United States before returning to the Andean country has fled a medical clinic where he had gone for treatment.

Jorge Roca Suarez, now 67, was one of Bolivia’s leading drug lords in the 1980s after taking over from his uncle Roberto Suarez, who was known as the “Cocaine King.”

Roca Suarez was arrested when he returned to Bolivia in April. He had received a 10-day pass to go to the La Paz clinic.

Fernando Rojas, deputy-director of the Special Force to Fight Crime, said Saturday an operation was underway to find him

Both Roca Suarez and his uncle were suppliers to the Medellin Cartel led by late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The Associated Press

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