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US: Colombian police arrest alleged top money launderer

  • Two police officers stand outside of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

    Two police officers stand outside of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)  (The Associated Press)

  • An out of services ATM of Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. is seen the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

    An out of services ATM of Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. is seen the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk outside the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

    People walk outside the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. building in Panama City, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Panama authorities took control of the Balboa Bank & Trust Corp. after U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Panama-based businessman who allegedly ran a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)  (The Associated Press)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says Colombian authorities have arrested a Panama-based man who allegedly ran a top worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.

The DEA also says it has designated Nidal Waked as a drug kingpin. It says Waked was arrested Wednesday night at the airport in Colombia's capital, Bogota.

The agency on Thursday described Waked as "one of the world's most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators." It said he faces money laundering and bank fraud charges in Florida.

Waked allegedly used a series of Panamanian import-export, retail and real estate businesses to launder drug money.

The kingpin designation also names six of Waked's Panama-based associates and seven companies. The designation freezes any U.S. assets and prohibits people in the U.S. from doing business with them.