Drug charges against Yester-Garrido dropped

The unavailability of a translator has led to the dropping of charges against Nelson Yester-Garrido.

The unavailability of a translator has led to the dropping of charges against Nelson Pablo Yester-Garrido. Picture: Supplied.

PORT ELIZABETH - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday said the reason charges were withdrawn against a controversial former Cuban intelligence officer is because no one was available to translate Brazilian official documents into English.

Nelson Pablo Yester-Garrido faced charges of drug trafficking.

On Friday, the case was withdrawn in Port Elizabeth.

Yester-Garrido was arrested in 2010 in connection with a massive cocaine bust.

He was also previously arrested at his home in Hyde Park in northern Johannesburg following the circulation of an Interpol warrant stating he was wanted in the United States on drugs smuggling charges.

NPA spokesperson Tshepo Ndwalaza said, "We are not in a position to confirm when the charges will be brought back.

"We are sure that as time goes on we will be able to reinstate the charges when we have done the necessary preparations."