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Colombian Drug Lord Gets 16 Years in US Prison

The leader of one of the world's most powerful drug cartels faces reduced US prison sentence.


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By May Wilkerson


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Colombian cocaine kingpin Jaime Alberto Marin-Zamora will spend more than 16 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs in to the US, according to today's ruling in a Miami court. The 47-year-old former leader of Colombia's "Norte del Valle" drug cartel pleaded guilty to smuggling some 30 tons of cocaine into the US between 1999 and 2004. Arrested on an island off Venezuela in September 2010, Zamora originally faced life in prison, but his assistance in other cases got his sentence reduced to a relatively soft 16+ years. The US has arrested and convicted several top leaders of the "Norte del Valle" cartel–one of the most powerful organizations in the illegal drug trade.

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