NEW YORK – The son of the president of Suriname (SUR'-ih-nah-meh) has been charged in the U.S. with terrorism offenses.
An indictment unsealed Friday in New York says Dino Bouterse (BOW'-tur-say) agreed to provide heavy weapons and a home base in his South American country to U.S. operatives pretending to be with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
The indictment describes a sophisticated sting in which Bouterse was recorded meeting in Greece and Panama with people posing as Hezbollah leaders and Mexican drug traffickers. In reality, they were confidential sources and undercover agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Bouterse is already in a U.S. jail. He was arrested in Panama in August and extradited to face cocaine trafficking charges.
One of his lawyers in New York declined to comment on the new charges Friday.