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Honduran Army Colonel Arrested

September 21, 2001

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ A Honduran army colonel was arrested Friday for allegedly hijacking a truck heading for Costa Rica loaded with $2 million worth of cargo.

Lt. Col. Emilio Rodriguez Alvarado, commander of the armed cavalry unit, is accused of heading up a band of assailants who hijacked a truck loaded with products from Gillette of Guatemala on one of the country’s principal highways, police said.

Also arrested were three Salvadoran men and a Honduran, who are accused of being Rodriguez’s accomplices.

The attack happened on the outskirts of Choluteca, 75 miles south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

In the assault, two heavily armed men fled with the truck, leaving its Nicaraguan driver, 55-year-old Arnulfo Meza, on the side of the road.

Police later found the truck at the armed cavalry base.

The Honduran armed forces said in a news release that it had designated a three-member commission to investigate. If found guilty, Rodriguez would be dishonorably discharged, the release said.

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