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US 'Drug Lord' Extradited From Thailand
A suspected American drug lord has been extradited to the US after his arrest along with two Britons in Thailand.
Joseph Manuel Hunter, 48, was handed to agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at Bangkok International Airport.
He was sent back on a chartered plane.
US officials have described Hunter as a "leading drug lord" with a network spanning Asia and America.
He was picked up this week on the resort island of Phuket during a sting operation launched at the request of the DEA.
Also arrested were his suspected accomplices - the Britons, a Slovak, a Filipino and a Taiwanese.
The six men were flown in from Phuket to Bangkok on Thursday.
The arrests capped a months-long investigation by Thai police after DEA officials contacted them to say that Hunter was believed to be hiding in Phuket, where he had rented a house.
Hunter was believed to travel regularly around the region and last entered Thailand from the Philippines on September 6, officials said.