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News Release
November 18, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: SA Erin Mulvey, PIO
212-337-1266

The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force and The Santo Domingo Resident Office Extradite Dominican Republic Colonel Charged with Transporting More Than 3,000 Pounds of Cocaine Destined for United States

On November 16, 2005, MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the extradition and arraignment of LIDIO ARTURO NIN TERRERO ("TERRERO") and TIRSO CUEVAS NIN ("NIN") for their roles in a Dominican Republic-based narcotics-trafficking organization responsible for importing ton quantities of cocaine into the United States. TERRERO and NIN were arrested on December 18, 2004 in the Dominican Republic while driving a truck containing approximately 1,387 kilograms(or 3,051 pounds) of cocaine destined for the United States. TERRERO, who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Dominican National Police, was wearing his police uniform and carrying his service weapon at the time of his arrest.

According to a five-count Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, TERRERO and NIN were members of a cocaine trafficking organization headed by QUIRINO ERNESTO PAULINO CASTILLO ("PAULINO CASTILLO"). According to the Indictment, PAULINO CASTILLO’s organization received ton-quantities of South American cocaine in the Dominican Republic and then shipped the cocaine to the United States. The organization allegedly used a variety of routes and methods to send the cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Haiti to Puerto Rico and then ultimately to the United States mainland, including New York City. After the drugs were received and distributed in the United States, including in New York City, the drug proceeds were collected and repatriated back to the Dominican Republic by, among other means, wire transferring the proceeds to various bank accounts in the Dominican Republic for delivery to the owners of the drugs, including PAULINO CASTILLO, it was charged.

The Indictment charged PAULINO CASTILLO, TERRERO, NIN 2 and fourteen other individuals with violations of United States narcotics and money-laundering laws. PAULINO CASTILLO was extradited to the Southern District of New York on February 19,2005.

If convicted, both NIN and TERRERO face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The successful extraditions announced on November 16, 2005 were the result of a joint investigation involving cooperation between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and the Dominican Government's National Directorate for Drug Control("DNCD").

Mr. GARCIA praised the cooperative investigative efforts of the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force(comprised of DEA agents, New York City Police Department Detectives and New York State Police Investigators), the DEA’s Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Office, and the DNCD.

Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride stated: This successful investigation is indicative of the outstanding cooperative relationship developed between DEA, the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of NY and the DNCD to collaborate on matters associated with international drug trafficking.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office’s International Narcotics Trafficking Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney JOHN J. O’DONNELL.

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