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The case stated that in 2017, the man was a member of a drug trafficking organization responsible for multi-ton cocaine shipments.
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Published Thursday, July 1, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services


A Honduran man surnamed Ruiz-Colon, 41, was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.

The case stated that in 2017 Colon was a member of a drug trafficking organization responsible for multi-ton cocaine shipments which originated from Costa Rica for further distribution to the U.S.

More trafficked drug were from other Latin American countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala and Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Airplanes, go-fast boats, semi-tractor trailer trucks, and passenger vehicles were used to transport most of the cocaine shipments. A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Colon with federal drug trafficking violations on August 8, 2018.

Colon pleaded guilty on February 4, 2021, to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine knowing it would be imported into the United States and was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison.

“The great work of law enforcement, in this case, demonstrates that criminals cannot avoid federal prosecution by conducting their activities abroad,” Ganjei said. “We will continue to aggressively fight the scourge of drug trafficking at the source, no matter how far away or well-concealed the offenders might be.”

The DEA also commented on the arrest.

“Criminals who attempt to broker and facilitate cocaine shipments into the United States will meet swift justice through DEA’s tireless efforts to dismantle Transnational Criminal Organizations across the world,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chávez said. “We applaud our South American counterparts to remain committed to the rule of law and the DEA will continue to work together to ensure consequences come to those who profit from illicit drugs in our neighborhoods.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, this effort to detain drug traffickers is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation.

OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by the Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Bloss.

Last week U.S. Attorney Ganjei also announced the sentence of a Costa Rican for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

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What else could the U.S. government do in the fight against drug trafficking?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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