Former Colombian Paramilitary Leader Sentenced to Nineteen and a Half Years in Federal Prison
JAN 08 -- MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, announced that defendant Jesus Maria Alejandro Sanchez-Jimenez, a/k/a “Scooby,” a former leader of Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), a paramilitary and drug-trafficking organization based in Colombia, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard. Judge Lenard sentenced Sanchez-Jimenez to 235 months’ imprisonment and a money judgment of $117,466,000.
On July 21, 2009, Sanchez-Jimenez pled guilty to a superseding indictment, which charged him with conspiring to possess, manufacture, and distribute thousands of kilograms of cocaine in Colombia, knowing that it would be imported into the United States, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963, and Title 46, United States Code, Section 70506(b). Prior to his arrest, Sanchez-Jimenez was the top lieutenant to co-defendant Carlos Mario Jimenez-Naranjo, a/k/a “Macaco,” the leader of the “Bloque Central Bolivar,” an arm of the AUC that was funded primarily through narcotics proceeds. From the mid-1990's through 2007, the Bloque Central Bolivar controlled cocaine production, distribution, maritime seaports, and airstrips in the areas of Antioquia and Choco, among other locations in Colombia, through an army of several thousand men.
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