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COLOMBIAN NORTH VALLEY CARTEL LEADER TO APPEAR IN FEDERAL COURT IN MIAMI TO FACE NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2010

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, announced today that Jaime Alberto Marin-Zamora, a/k/a “Beto Marin,” one of the leaders of the Colombian North Valley cartel, was arrested in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on September 16, 2010. Marin-Zamora is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Miami tomorrow afternoon.

Marin-Zamora was indicted in the Southern District of Florida on February 12, 2009, on a charge of conspiracy to distribute thousands of kilograms of cocaine in Colombia with the knowledge that it would be imported into the United States, in violation of Title 21 United States Code, Sections 959(a) and 963. If convicted, Marin-Zamora faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the DEA. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandro O. Soto.

An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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