NZ Citizens arrested in Romania in police raid on Hells Angels can be extradited to USA on DEA request

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Marc Patrick Johnson who is imprisoned by Romania police on cocaine trafficking charges can be extradited to the USA as the DEA alleges he is part of a Hells Angels drug syndicate, New Zealand Herald reports.

Johnson who has a chemistry degree and huge experience of work in a lab allegedly put his skills to became one of the first meth cooks in New Zealand 20 years ago.

Marc Patrick Johnson and Michael Murray Matthews, both New Zealand citizens, were arrested in Romania last week along with the president of the Bucharest chapter of the Hells Angels.

The Romanian police allege all three were arrested “immediately after negotiating the payment of a quantity of cocaine… to be transmitted to New Zealand”.

The raids came after the US DEA requested help from the Romanian authorities to investigate an organised criminal group “responsible for obtaining significant amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine in the United States and other states and the distribution of these drugs within the European Union and New Zealand”.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal has ruled that Murray and Johnson are to be remanded in custody for 30 days.

The Court will return to this case in December to decide on extradition.

NZ Police have not reported any members or associates of the Hells Angels have been arrested in New Zealand.

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Based on NZ Herald story