Ex-soldier pleads not guilty in DEA killing plot
- Article by: COLLEEN LONG
- Associated Press
- September 28, 2013 - 1:15 PM
NEW YORK — A former U.S. solder nicknamed Rambo has pleaded not guilty to charges that he agreed to help supposed Colombian drug traffickers kill a federal agent and an informant for $800,000.
Joseph Hunter entered the plea Saturday during a brief appearance at a federal courthouse in New York City. His lawyer declined to comment.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Hunter became a contract killer after he left the Army in 2004 and arranged several killings outside the United States.
Authorities say Hunter was a trained sniper who joined two other former soldiers from the U.S. and Germany in a plot to assassinate a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
But the supposed Colombian drug traffickers were actually working for the DEA.
Hunter was extradited from Thailand on Friday.
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