Two U.S. Army veterans are under arrest, accused of working with a Colombian drug cartel and plotting to kill a federal agent.
Joseph Manuel Hunter, 48, and Timothy Vamvakias, 42, were arrested this week for conspiring to murder a DEA agent and import cocaine into the U.S.
Hunter, a one-time sniper instructor, and Vamvakias, an ex-infantryman and military police officer, were picked up in Thailand and Liberia.
Prosecutors say they plotted to send cocaine into the city and kill a federal agent in Africa.
"The bone-chilling allegations in today's indictment read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel," said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the southern district. "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."
Three others were also arrested, including two former German soldiers and one former Polish soldier.
Hunter and Vamvakias both left the military in 2004.