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Bush’s close allies, the Saudis, are going to need to explain how a prince got caught trafficking 2 tons of cocaine. (ABC):

A Saudi prince moved roughly two tons of cocaine from Colombia to an airport outside Paris, using his diplomatic status and a royal family 727 jet, U.S. and French law enforcement authorities told ABC News.

“It doesn’t happen without him,” said Tom Raffanello of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Miami. “He is the key co-conspirator. He’s the straw that stirs the drink, he made it happen. No plane, no dope. Dope stays in Colombia.”

Prince Nayef bin Fawwaz Al Shalaan is under indictment by U.S. and French authorities, but living outside the reach of American law in Saudi Arabia, according to Raffanello. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have no extradition treaty. A trial for the prince’s alleged co-conspirators is scheduled to begin next month in a federal court in Miami.

“He’s a fugitive in the United States. He’s a fugitive in violation of federal narcotics law,” Raffanello said.

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