US Embassy spokeswoman says son of Suriname president arrested

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman says the son of Suriname's president has been arrested.

Virginia Elliott told The Associated Press on Friday that more information would soon be released on the arrest of Dino Bouterse. She declined comment on local media reports that Bouterse was arrested by U.S. officials in Panama.

The arrest comes as Suriname hosts the annual UNASUR summit for leaders of South American countries.

Bouterse is the son of Desi Bouterse, a former coup leader and convicted drug trafficker elected president in 2010.

Dino Bouterse was sentenced to prison in 2005 after a judge found him guilty of leading a ring that trafficked in cocaine, illegal arms and stolen luxury cars. After his release from prison, his father appointed him director of Suriname's Counter Terrorist Unit.