Colombian National Sentenced to Federal Prison for East Texas Drug Trafficking
SHERMAN, Texas - A Colombian national has been sentenced to over 21 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs through the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs today.
Luis Fernando Toro Londono, also known as Don Alonso, La Vaca, and Don Hector, 56, of Medellin, Colombia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine knowing it would be distributed in the United States and was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant.
According to information presented in court, in August 2017, federal drug agents were investigating a drug trafficking organization moving drugs from Colombia to Mexico via Costa Rica and Panama for eventual distribution of multi-ton quantities of cocaine in the United States. The organization used Go-Fast vessels and aircraft to transport most of their cocaine shipments to Central America and Mexico.
Londono was identified as a Colombian based cocaine investor, smuggler, and money launderer that coordinated the dispatch of large cocaine shipments and coordinated the movement of drug proceeds throughout multiple countries and several cities in the United States.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas and Colombia and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernest Gonzalez.