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4 suspects arrested in death of former Hawaii DEA agent

    Colombia's National Police Chief Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riano, left, talked to the media as Metropolitan Police Commander Gen. Luis Martinez looked on at police headquarters in Bogota, Colombia today.

BOGOTA, Colombia » Colombia’s National Police director says officials have arrested four men in the slaying of a U.S. anti-drug agent.

Gen. Jose Roberto Leon says the four men are alleged members of a gang that specializes in robberies. Two are taxi drivers.

Both Colombian and U.S. officials have said they believe that Drug Enforcement Administration agent James Watson was probably killed in a common robbery, not because of his law enforcement work.

Leon says Edgar Javier Bello is believed to be the man who stabbed the 43-year-old Watson on June 20 after he left a restaurant and got into a taxi.

He said today that an informant will receive about $25,800 for information in the case.

In addition to Colombia, Watson was a DEA agent in Honolulu and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also served three deployments to Afghanistan and was in the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Army before joining the DEA.

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