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May 26th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

360° Follow: Alleged Colombian drug queen detained

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/26/art.sanclemente1.jpg caption="Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for former model Angie Sanclemente "]
Editor's Note: Read and watch CNN's Karl Penhaul's original report on alleged drug queenpin Angie Sanclemente.

Brian Byrnes
CNN

Angie Sanclemente, a former beauty queen, was detained by police Wednesday afternoon at a hostel in Buenos Aires, according to a spokesman for the Argentina Airport Security Police.

Sanclemente is a 30-year-old who authorities say set out to establish herself as the leader of a cartel that would use models and beauty queens to run drugs from South America to Europe.

Photo Gallery: Beauty Queen Hunted on Drug Charges

According to PSA spokesman Maximiliano Lencina, Sanclemente was staying at the K-Lodges Hostel in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

"Thanks to the information we received from Interpol, we were able to locate and detain her today," said Lencina.

Sanclemente was registered at the hostel - popular with foreign university students - under the name "Annie," Lencina said. He added
that she had dyed her brown hair to blonde, and was alone in the hostel when detained.

Local media reports said that Sanclemente has told other people staying at the hostel that she was from Mexico.

Lencina said Sanclemente has been in touch with her lawyer, and will be questioned tomorrow by an Argentine federal judge. She will be transported Wednesday afternoon to PSA offices at the Ezeiza International Airport.

"We believe she played an important role in the drug trafficking organization," said Lencina.

Yaneth Valencia, Sanclemente's mother, showed up at the hostel where Angie is being held, and told reporters that "there is a plot against her," according to local television reports.

"I came here to help my daughter," she said. "She is afraid that she will be raped. ... They are using my daughter. My daughter is innocent."


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Global 360° • Karl Penhaul
March 4th, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Video: Aftershocks cause panic

Karl Penhaul | BIO
CNN

Fear of a tsunami in Chile after a powerful aftershock hit Wednesday sent people running. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.


Filed under: Chile Earthquake • Karl Penhaul
March 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET
March 3rd, 2010
12:07 PM ET
March 1st, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Death toll in Chile quake reaches 723

Karl Penhaul
CNN

Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in some 100 years ravaged central and southern Chile.

More than 1.5 million people were without power in and around the capital of Santiago, according to Chile's National Emergency Office, but the hardest-hit areas after Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake were farther south in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast.

Authorities said 544 of the 723 reported deaths were in Maule, where a sewer system collapsed, water towers were close to toppling and communities lacked basic services, the emergency office said.

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Filed under: Chile Earthquake • Karl Penhaul
March 1st, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Chile races to deliver aid, combat looting

Karl Penhaul
CNN

Rescuers searched for survivors Monday as crews sought to deliver food and water and prevent looting after the fifth strongest earthquake in 100 years ravaged central and southern Chile.

More than 1.5 million people were without power in and around the capital of Santiago, according to Chile's National Emergency Office, but the hardest-hit areas were farther south, in the Maule and Bio Bio regions along the coast.

Authorities said 541 of the 708 reported deaths happened in Maule, where a sewer system collapsed, water towers were close to toppling and communities lacked basic services, the emergency office said.

Keep Reading...


Filed under: Chile Earthquake • Karl Penhaul
February 15th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Video: Missionary advisor a wanted man

Karl Penhaul
CNN Correspondent


Filed under: Haiti • Karl Penhaul
February 10th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
February 8th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Video: Missionaries split up

Karl Penhaul
CNN Correspondent


Filed under: Haiti • Karl Penhaul
February 5th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Video: Missionaries' case: 'Lies'

Karl Penhaul
CNN Correspondent

Ten missionaries are charged with kidnapping in Haiti. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Karl Penhaul
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