Colombia Extradites ‘Queen of Amphetamines’ to U.S.
By Dialogo January 11, 2011Colombia turned over a woman known as “the queen of amphetamines” to US authorities on 7 January to face drug trafficking charges in New York, police said.
Beatriz Elena Henao, 45, arrested September 1, 2009, was extradited along with two other Colombians wanted in the United States on money-laundering charges.
Police said Henao rose to prominence as a multi-lingual wheeler and dealer who during the 1990s shipped more than 300,000 units of amphetamines to the United States, Spain and the Netherlands.
“She speaks English, Dutch, German and Spanish, which made it easier for her to manage trade with drug traffickers in other countries,” the police said.
Henao’s two sons are also in jail, one in the Netherlands after being caught with amphetamines at an airport in Stockholm, and the other in Spain, where he was extradited to face homicide charges.