(NEW YORK) -- It sounds like a plot from Hollywood: After a 20-year Army career a former American soldier nicknamed “Rambo” is accused of becoming a successful contract killer.
Joseph Hunter is charged with recruiting four other former soldiers from the U.S. and Europe to murder a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and an informant. Federal prosecutors in New York say it was part of a larger plot to import large volumes of cocaine into the United States.
“The bone-chilling allegations in today's Indictment read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “The charges tell a tale of an international band of mercenary marksmen who enlisted their elite military training to serve as hired guns for evil ends.”
Hunter was taken into custody in Thailand Thursday wearing a T-shirt reading “Springfield Unathletic Dept” and depicting Homer Simpson sleeping on a coach.
Hunter was turned over to the custody of the D.E.A. at Bangkok's Don Muang Airport, put on a plane to the U.S. and should arrive in the New York City area on Friday.
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