U.S. ATTORNEY, JOE BROWN, LEADS DELEGATION OF PROSECUTORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO COLOMBIA
SHERMAN, Texas – Last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas led a delegation of prosecutors and DEA officials to Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia to meet with Colombian government officials concerning the Eastern District’s prosecution of high-level drug traffickers operating out of Colombia.
Over the course of the last three years, federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas have indicted over 200 cocaine traffickers from Central and South America. The investigations led by the Eastern District of Texas have resulted in the extradition and successful prosecution of some of the most significant cocaine traffickers in the world. These investigations have directly resulted in the seizure of over 59 tons of cocaine, 23 kilograms of heroin, 1 kilogram of fentanyl, 1,756 kilograms of marijuana, and $12.1 million.
“Federal prosecutors from my office along with local agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have worked very hard to cultivate strong relationships with law enforcement and government officials in the Republic of Colombia,” said Brown. “These relationships have allowed us to prosecute some of the largest cocaine traffickers in the world. We, in the Eastern District of Texas, are taking the fight to the cocaine cultivators, laboratory owners, traffickers, and corrupt government officials who are flooding our streets with cocaine. I am proud that our investigations have directly resulted in the seizure of over 59 tons of cocaine and am enthusiastic that we will continue to make great strides in stopping the flow of cocaine before it ever reaches our shores.”
With the exception of the Southern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Texas prosecutes more Colombian drug traffickers than any other federal district in the country. Recently, Eastern District of Texas cases have resulted in the seizures of multiple tons of cocaine destined for the United States via semi-submersible watercraft including one prominent seizure, which garnered national and international headlines.
During his trip to Colombia, U.S. Attorney Brown met with high-level delegations from the Colombian Attorney General’s office and the Colombian Navy. Most significantly, he held a productive meeting with the Commander of the Colombian National Army and Police, General Jorge Nieto. U.S. Attorney Brown commented, “In my meetings with General Nieto and others, I was proud to hear what the Eastern District prosecutors have done in this important effort. I expressed our gratitude for the work done by Colombian authorities and expressed our unwavering commitment to continuing this fight against Transnational Organized Crime.”