Aristocrat faces US drugs charges

By Abrad · Jul 11, 2006 ·
  1. Abrad
    BBC
    An aristocrat is to be extradited to America to face drug smuggling charges.

    Giles Carlyle-Clarke, 48, could get a long prison sentence if he is found to have been involved in a £60m deal to import drugs into the US in the 1980s.

    Mr Carlyle-Clarke's family has owned the Winterborne Clenston estate in Dorset since 1066.

    The father-of-two denies all the allegations and has fought a legal battle against extradition for over eight years.

    The European Court of Human Rights rejected his case two weeks ago and he had previously lost a legal challenge in the High Court.

    Mr Carlyle-Clarke is due to be flown to America on Wednesday to face trial in Mobile, Alabama.

    He was arrested in December 1997 when it was alleged he brought a ship loaded with four tonnes of cannabis into Alabama.

    Mr Carlyle-Clarke's solicitor, Graham Compton, said he was "pretty depressed" by the final court decision against him.

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