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Section: General News - U.S. federal officials say 18 people have been charged in an international money-laundering operation that investigators say moved millions of dollars in Colombian drug profits through the United States, Colombia and other countries.
Authorities Tuesday said the charges follow an extensive operation, dubbed "Circling Vultures," in which the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated Colombia's Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE). Investigators have described the exchange as a means of laundering narcotics proceeds generated in the United States for return to Colombia.
Investigators say an unnamed …