Leader in Conspiracy That Smuggled Drugs in Car Batteries Sentenced to over 13 Years in Prison

March 5, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Miguel Osvaldo Bolanos-Acevedo, a/k/a “El Cochero,” age 48, a Guatemalan national, today to 160 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Bolanos-Acevedo was extradited to the United States from Guatemala to face these charges.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Department of Police.

“This is an excellent example of our determination to prosecute international drug conspiracies wherever the defendants may be operating,” stated Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ava A. Cooper-Davis, “Miguel Osvaldo Bolanos-Acevedo distributed dangerous narcotics from his hideout in Guatemala to the streets of Maryland cities. We are safer today with him behind bars."

According to Bolanos-Acevedo’s guilty plea, from at least February 2001 through February 2004, Bolanos-Acevedo was one of the leaders of a Guatemala-based drug smuggling organization responsible for the importation of kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin from Guatemala to the United States. The drugs were hidden inside functioning car batteries. Each battery contained between three and five kilograms of cocaine or heroin. The narcotics were owned by Bolanos-Acevedo and transported by co-conspirators in the Maryland area. Bolanos-Acevedo employed multiple individuals to import, transport and deliver cocaine and heroin, as well as, collect and transport drug proceeds from the U.S. to Guatemala. Bolanos-Acevedo is responsible for the distribution of between fifty and one hundred fifty kilograms of cocaine during the time of the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Su and James M. Trusty, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.



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