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One of Colombia’s top cocaine kingpins pleads guilty in New York

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

One of Colombia’s top cocaine producers pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to leading a continuing criminal enterprise as charged in a superseding indictment. 46-year-old Roman Narvaez Ansazoy faces a mandatory minimum term of 20 years in prison and up to life in prison. As part of the plea agreement, he also agreed to pay a $20 million forfeiture money judgment.

The international drug trafficking organization founded and led by Narvaez was responsible for producing multi-ton quantities of cocaine, on a monthly basis, in jungle laboratories in the Cauca region of Colombia. At its peak, the Narvaez drug trafficking organization was one of the top producers of cocaine in Colombia. After producing the cocaine, members of the Narvaez drug trafficking organization transported the cocaine to Colombian ports on the Pacific Ocean so that it could be exported from Colombia by sea.

In transporting the cocaine from the jungle areas of Cauca to port cities, members and associates of the Narvaez drug trafficking organization paid money to paramilitary groups that controlled these areas in exchange for safe passage. One of the paramilitary groups that the Narvaez drug trafficking organization paid was the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. The vast majority of the cocaine that the Narvaez drug trafficking organization delivered was destined for the United States.

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