COLOMBIAN DRUG TRAFFICKER INDICTED
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, announce the March 11, 2011 indictment of Danilo Bustos Suarez, 47, a Colombian national. The indictment alleges that from December 2003 until the present, Bustos Suarez conspired to manufacture and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine knowing that the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States. The United States will seek Bustos’ extradition from Colombia to the United States.
Last March, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Bustos Suarez as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker associated with most-wanted Colombian narco-trafficker Daniel Barrera-Barrera, a.k.a. El Loco Barrera. Bustos Suarez was captured by Colombian authorities in 2009 and charged with, among other things, drug trafficking.
“International drug traffickers can no longer seek refuge behind jurisdictional barriers. The outstanding cooperation among international law enforcement agencies and governments leaves no place to hide for those who engage in the drug trade,” said United States Attorney Wifredo Ferrer. “We will continue to use our resources to pursue and prosecute narcotics traffickers to the fullest extent possible.”
“The DEA continues to dismantle the highest level international drug trafficking organizations,” said Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Miami Field Division. “We will work with our local and international counterparts to locate, seize, and forfeit any of the proceeds this organization derived from illicit drug trafficking.”
The indictment of Bustos Suarez is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) led by DEA. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply.
Mr. Ferrer commends the outstanding investigative efforts of DEA in Miami and Bogota. Mr. Ferrer also thanks the Colombian Fiscalia General and the Colombian National Police for their cooperation in this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.