Archives de 24 août 2014

Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been hidden inside a yacht.

According to Saturday’s police statement, their investigation  opened in April after police learned that a Spanish citizen based in Colombia was smuggling cocaine into Europe by sea.

Police say they raided three premises after the gang leader, his wife and four gang members from Colombia traveled to Spain as part of their latest cocaine-smuggling operation. The gang leader and his wife were arrested in Madrid, the four henchmen in the southwest province of Huelva.

The drugs were found concealed within the hull of the yacht at the Huelva port of A



August 6, 2014
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: 954-660-4602

AUG 06 (MIAMI) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz sentenced Diego Perez Henao, a/k/a “Diego Rastrojo,” 43, a Colombian national, to 360 months in prison. Perez Henao was also ordered to forfeit $1,000,000 to the United States.

Perez Henao had been indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8, 2011, and previously pleaded guilty on January 24, 2014, to a single count of conspiring with others to manufacture and distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine from 1993 until February 2011, knowing that the cocaine would be imported into the United States.

Perez Henao acknowledged that he was involved in the manufacture, investment or shipment of in excess of 81,100 kilograms of cocaine during the timeframe of his conspiracy.  He further acknowledged that he controlled numerous armed workers in his organization and used both airplanes and semi-submersibles to ship the cocaine north from South America to points in Central America and Mexico – en route to its eventual destination of the United States.

Following Perez Henao’s indictment, the U.S. Department of State offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture. Perez Henao was ultimately captured by Venezuelan authorities in Venezuela on June 3, 2012. The Venezuelan authorities sent Perez Henao to Colombia, which in turn extradited Perez Henao on August 28, 2013, to the United States to face the current charges.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “Diego Perez Henao, one of the last leaders of the North Valley Cartel, was responsible for smuggling more than 80 tons of cocaine into the United States.  He used violence and intimidation to line his greedy pockets at the expense of his own people and had no regard for those who would consume this addictive poison. Today’s sentencing is a reminder that there is no place to hide, the DEA along with our domestic and international law enforcement partners will continue to pursue and prosecute those who engage in drug trafficking into our borders.”

“For over a decade, Perez Henao – one of the most powerful and prolific drug lords in recent history – controlled dozens of heavily-armed workers in his drug trafficking organization and oversaw the manufacture and distribution of over 80 tons of cocaine into the United States,”  said U.S. Attorney Ferrer. “Perez Henao will now spend the next three decades of his life in prison.  With this sentence, one of the largest cartel heads in Colombian history was brought to justice.”

“Diego Perez-Henao was a notorious, international drug kingpin who for years profited from the shipment and sale of illegal drugs,” said Ken Sena, Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “His illicit career was brought to an end through close cooperation with our law enforcement partners.”

The indictment of Perez Henao is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) led by DEA and FBI. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
This investigation was conducted by the DEA, FBI, the DEA Andean Region and their Colombian law enforcement partners. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.



August 18, 2014
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: 212-337-2906

The defendant allegedly transported thousands of kilograms of cocaine by boat and submarine

AUG 18 (BROOKLYN, N.Y.) – Earlier today, Jair Estupinan-Montano was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, on charges relating to international narcotics trafficking. Estupinan- Montano was arrested in Panama on October 14, 2013, on a provisional arrest warrant issued from the Eastern District of New York.

The arraignment was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

According to court filings, prior to his arrest, Estupinan-Montano was the leader of a narcotics trafficking organization responsible for transporting shipments of cocaine from Colombia to locations in Central America and Mexico for ultimate delivery to the United States. Estupinan-Montano allegedly worked closely with the violent “Los Rastrojos” drug trafficking organization, a paramilitary organization that employed hundreds of individuals and controlled drug trafficking along the Pacific coast of Colombia.

Estupinan-Montano was responsible for arranging boats and submarines that transported the cocaine from Colombia to other members of his organization in Central America, who then transported the cocaine north to be sold to Mexican cartels for eventual shipment to the United States. A detention memo filed today by the government details that, between 2010 and 2012, the United States Coast Guard seized two ships and a semi-submersible vessel that had been sent from Colombia by Estupinan-Montano. In total, those vessels contained over 7,200 kilograms of cocaine when they originally left South America.

“Evoking Jules Verne, the defendant Estupinan-Montano relied on boats and submarines to ferry his illegal cargo, and was an essential link in the flow of illegal narcotics from Colombia to the United States,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “The illegal narcotics trade is a scourge, both in the United States and throughout the world. With the help of our international allies, we will continue to strike at those who enrich themselves off this violent industry wherever they are found.” Ms. Lynch thanked the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, comprised of officers and agents of the DEA, New York City Police Department and the New York State Police; the DEA’s Bogota Country Office and Panama Express Task Force; the United States Coast Guard; the Department of Justice Office of International Affairs; and the Republic of Panama for their help in investigating and capturing Estupinan-Montano.

The defendant was arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tyler Smith, Amir Toossi, Justin Lerer, and Robert Polemeni.

The Defendant:
Jair Estupinan-Montano
Age: 31

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 12-CR-793 (SLT)

AUG 18 (DALLAS) —A Dallas man who pleaded guilty to felony offenses stemming from his role as a major participant in a marijuana distribution conspiracy operating in north Texas was sentenced this morning in federal court in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Andres Hernandez, Jr., a/k/a “Gordo,” 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to serve a total of 300 months in federal prison.  Hernandez pleaded guilty in September 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of money laundering.  Judge Lindsay sentenced him to 25 years on the drug conspiracy conviction and 10 years on the money laundering conviction, to run concurrently.

Hernandez and others were arrested on November 1, 2012, following a law enforcement operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force, during which federal search warrants were executed at various locations, including Hernandez’s residence on W. Colorado Blvd. in Dallas.  At his residence, law enforcement located approximately 20 pounds of marijuana, digital scales and a loaded firearm.  Hernandez has remained in custody since his arrest.
According to documents filed in the case, Hernandez admitted that on multiple occasions between January 2011 and the date of his arrest, he received multi-pound quantities of marijuana from several supply sources, including co-defendants Serviano Contreras, a/k/a “Seven” and “Junior,” 27, and Virgilio Espinosa Delacruz, a/k/a “Chaparro,” 41.  Hernandez admitted that he stored this marijuana both at his residence and at the residence of co-defendant Benicio Pena, Jr., a/k/a “Nene,” 63, on Lourdes Street in Dallas.  Contreras, Delacruz and Pena pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the conspiracy and are serving federal prison sentences of 48 months, 44 months, and 42 months, respectively.

Hernandez admitted that he routinely distributed multi-pound quantities of marijuana to co-defendants Jarvis Holmes, 43; Claudia Castillo, 21; Jerry Cardenas, 32; Lamont Morgan, 35; Roberto Lopez Delacruz, 27; and Paul Santoy, 28.  They each pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy.  Holmes was sentenced to 51 months; Cardenas, 48 months; Morgan, 46 months; Roberto Delacruz, 16 months; and Santoy, 15 months.  Claudio Castillo is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2014.

Hernandez further admitted that in March 2012, an individual purchased a parcel of land located in Barry, Texas, using $28,854 in cash provided by Andres Hernandez’s wife, Griselda Hernandez, 34. That same day, that individual deeded the property to Andres and Griselda Hernandez.  Andres Hernandez admitted that the cash used to purchase the property included drug proceeds.  Griselda Hernandez also pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy was in charge of the prosecution.



Bunthan Sam Sentenced to 10 Years for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

AUG 18 (BURLINGTON, Vt.)- Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Bunthan Sam, 35, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, having pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, sitting in Burlington, also sentenced Sam to 4 years of supervised release.

Court records show that Sam, who went by the alias Adam or Taun, sold heroin in the Burlington area over a period of about two years. He obtained this heroin from suppliers in Chicago and Connecticut. Sam was arrested on the conspiracy charge in Chicago on July 24, 2013, and incarcerated thereafter.

Court records further show that Sam is a member of a larger group with ties to Chicago; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Connecticut that distributed an especially strong form of heroin in the Burlington area from about mid-2011 through the time of the arrest of Sam’s brother, codefendant Chandara Sam, on April 10, 2013. Chandara Sam, who went by the alias Po, was taken into custody in White River Junction, after selling approximately 40 grams of heroin to an individual cooperating with law enforcement. Some of the heroin sold by the conspiracy was known as Chi town or Chi, short for Chicago, and has caused several overdoses in the last several years. The Vermont State Police Drug Task Force began an investigation into Sam’s heroin ring in December 2011.

In January 2013, members of the Essex Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two individuals, Edward Chavin, also known as Tommy, and Christopher Nason in the Handy’s Suites in Essex. Chavin was found in possession of more than 100 grams of heroin. He and Nason were subsequently indicted for conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and both have pleaded guilty. The Handy’s Suites raid occurred following a heroin overdose in a nearby room. Investigation revealed that Chavin, Nason, and the Sams were part of the same heroin ring, and that Chavin had been transporting heroin from Chicago to the Burlington area for nearly a year prior to his arrest.

In early June 2014, one of conspiracy leaders, codefendant James Nastri, of Deep River, Connecticut, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin following a jury trial before Judge Sessions in Burlington.

Court records further reveal that Bunthan Sam possessed handguns at various points during the Vermont heroin trafficking conspiracy. Sam also has a criminal history that includes numerous prior felony offenses, violent offenses, and several instances of unlawful weapons and firearms activity.

For his crime, Sam faced a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. In sentencing Sam, Judge Sessions noted the devastating impact heroin has had on Vermont communities, citing specifically the potency of the heroin Sam sold. Judge Sessions further noted that Sam had continued to sell heroin after learning that a person had overdosed on the Chi-town heroin and after Lowell, Massachusetts police pulled him over and seized a firearm from his vehicle, resulting in a felony charge.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Essex, Burlington, and South Burlington Vermont Police Departments; and the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department.



Este año en Afganistán se prevé una producción récord de heroína.

16:31 19/08/2014
Moscú, 19 ago (Nóvosti).

Los policías antidrogas rusos incautaron unos 180 kilos de heroína durante una operación especial en el territorio de Nuevo Moscú, informó este martes el jefe del Servicio Federal Ruso para el Control de Drogas (FSKN), Víctor Ivanov.

“La operación comenzó en abril de este año y finalizó con el arresto de los cinco traficantes miembros de una banda y la eliminación de la heroína introducida en Rusia, cuyo peso total es de 178 kilos”, dijo Ivanov.

El funcionario afirmó que la carga de albaricoques, donde estaba escondida la droga, “era de unas 20 toneladas (…) y había transitado por el territorio de cinco países (…) antes de ser escondida en la región de Troitsk, Nuevo Moscú, en un sótano”.

Según Ivanov, el lote equivale a 10 millones de dosis valoradas en más de 300 millones de dólares.

El funcionario destacó además que este año en Afganistán se prevé una producción récord de heroína.

“Este año esperamos un volumen récord de producción, las áreas cultivadas han alcanzado las 250.000 hectáreas”, dijo Ivanov y añadió que en esa superficie se pueden obtener unas 700 o 800 toneladas de heroína.

En junio, el FSKN ya declaró que “la presión de heroína” sobre Rusia aumenta constantemente. Según expertos, en Afganistán se producen anualmente hasta 150.000 millones de dosis, es decir una media de 20 dosis por habitante de la Tierra.



Global News

TORONTO – Four people have been charged after border officials at Toronto’s Pearson airport say they seized 37.5 kilograms of cocaine.

Canada Border Services Agency says officers found the drugs hidden in three different shipments of machine parts that originated from Panama.

Three men and a woman, all from the Toronto area, were arrested between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20 after a multi-agency investigation.

14-08-22b Commercial baking machine that contained cocaine. (RCMP Handout)

Philmore Jarvis, 47; Vernon Bouillion, 38; Michelle Maraj, 36; and Wilson Jaramillo, 37 face charges of:

  • Importing a controlled substance into Canada.
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Jarvis, Jaramilo and Bouillion are in custody while awaiting a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

Maraj is out on bail and her next court appearance is on Sept. 12.

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