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Colombian Narco-Trafficker Sentenced on Ten Year Cocaine Importation Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2012

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 sentencing of Ramon Quintero Sanclemente. On November 19, 2012, U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas sentenced Quintero Sanclemente to 210 months in prison. In addition, the court ordered Quintero Sanclemente to forfeit to the United States $1.5 million in assets.

Quintero Sanclemente pled guilty on September 7, 2012 to charges that he had conspired with others to import five or more kilograms of cocaine into the United States from 1998 until December 4, 2008. Quintero Sanclemente was a former top lieutenant in the North Valley Cartel and, at the time of his capture, his drug trafficking organization was responsible for obtaining more than 50 metric tons of cocaine annually to export to Mexico, Europe and the United States. On January 14, 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Colombian national Ramon Quintero Sanclemente as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer stated, “The success of this prosecution was due to the outstanding work and cooperation of our Colombian law enforcement partners. Thanks to their unyielding support, along with the DEA’s dedication to the war on drugs, we were able to prosecute and convict this notorious and dangerous narco-trafficker.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “The significance of Mr. Sanclemente’s sentence is clear that DEA’s perseverance will prevail no matter how long it takes or how these drug lords try to conceal their crimes.” The DEA is committed to working with our international and domestic counterparts to bring justice to all drug traffickers who seeks to gain power based on fear and violence.”

The prosecution of Quintero Sanclemente 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 and their Colombian law enforcement partners. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels.

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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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