US slaps sanctions on Colombian drug suspect

The United States announced sanctions Wednesday against a Colombian accused of shipping tons of cocaine to the United States and being linked to the FARC leftist guerrilla group.

The punishment against Jose Evaristo Linares Castillo freezes his assets in the United States and bars Americans from doing business with him. The measures were announced in a Treasury Department communique.

The suspect was arrested in Colombia last year and is awaiting extradition to the United States.

Linares Castillo was described as having led a drug ring that flew tons of cocaine, mainly from Venezuela, to Central America and Mexico where they are received by criminal gangs linked to the Sinaloa and Zetas drug cartel and sent further north the United States.

The department said the ring had links with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and in the past with other major Colombian drug kingpins.