News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2008

Jamaican Drug Kingpin Leebert Ramcharan Sentenced to 35 Years

MAY 27 -- Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami Field Division and R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced that Leebert Ramcharan, a U.S. White House-designated Drug Kingpin, was sentenced to 440 months’ imprisonment, for his March 5, 2008 conviction on charges of conspiracy to import and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

Ramcharan and co-defendant Williams, who was also convicted at trial, were arrested in the Montego Bay area of Jamaica in 2004, and extradited from Jamaica to the United States in 2007, after their extradition was approved by the Jamaican Supreme Court. According to the evidence presented at trial, Ramcharan was the leader of a sophisticated cocaine smuggling operation in Jamaica. From 1998 through 2004, this drug organization received as much as 15,000 kilograms of cocaine imported via go fast vessels from the northern coast of Colombia. The cocaine was then stored in Jamaica, and subsequently it was transported to the Bahamas on boats and airplanes. Ultimately, the cocaine was imported into the U.S. for distribution and sale in south Florida.

Mr. Acosta commended the extraordinary cooperation of the DEA Miami Field Division, the DEA Country Offices of Nassau, Bogotá and Kingston, the Colombian National Police, the Jamaican Constabulary Force, and the Royal Bahamas Police Force.