Juan Bautista Agreda Chindoy, an indigenous healer from Colombia’s Valle de Sibundoy, was arrested in Houston airport, U.S., El Tiempo reports.
On October 19 the medicine man travelled to the United States to give a healing session on Ayahuasca, a herbal mixture.
Border police arrested the indigenous healer due to the exotic herbs in his possession.
“He has been treated like a drug dealer but he is an indigenous healer,” Agreda’s family insists.
The indigenous healer could face a jail sentence of 20 years and the first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston.
Various web pages and blogs are calling for the release of the medicine man.
Agreda is considered the most famous healer in the Valley of Sibundoy, Putumayo department.