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Former chief of Bolivia drug police investigated for illicit enrichment, drug-trafficking ties

In this Jan. 24, 2010 photo, Bolivia's National Police Chief Col. Oscar Nina salutes during his swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia. One year prior, Nina was named anti-drug police chief. In March of 2015, the retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents, is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties. A judge was to decide Wednesday, March 4, 2015 whether Gen. Nina should be jailed. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

In this Jan. 24, 2010 photo, Bolivia's National Police Chief Col. Oscar Nina salutes during his swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia. One year prior, Nina was named anti-drug police chief. In March of 2015, the retired police general who reorganized Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents, is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties. A judge was to decide Wednesday, March 4, 2015 whether Gen. Nina should be jailed. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)  (The Associated Press)

The retired police general who ran Bolivia's counter-narcotics force after President Evo Morales expelled U.S. drug agents is under investigation for illicit enrichment and drug trafficking ties.

A judge was to decide whether Oscar Nina would be jailed after ordering his wife and two children jailed Wednesday for suspected money laundering.

Prosecutor Gomer Padilla said investigators discovered assets unsubstantiated by income. Their nature was not immediately disclosed.

Interior Minister Hugo Moldiz cited "serious suspicions" that Nina and his family were tied to drug trafficking.

Morales named Nina anti-drug police chief in January 2009 after expelling U.S. drug agents for allegedly inciting the opposition.

During Nina's tenure, former drug czar Gen. Rene Sanabria was arrested in Panama for cocaine trafficking. Sanabria is serving a 14-year sentence in the United States.