EXTRADITION OF MAJOR COLOMBIAN TRAFFICKER FABIO OCHOA
On September 7, 2001 the Governent of Colombia extradited Fabio-Ochoa Vasquez to the United States to stand trial on charges emanating from Operation Millenium, a 1999 case which targeted the Bernal Madrigal (aka Juvenal) cocaine trafficking organization. This group was responsible for shipping 20 to 30 metric tons of cocaine per month through Mexico into the United States.
Fabio Ochoa was arrested in Colombia on October 13, 1999 along with other Operation Millenium defendants. As a member of the infamous Ochoa family, principal leaders in the Medellin Cartel, Fabio Ochoa was extradited to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after the Government of Colombia agreed to turn him over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to face cocaine distribution and money laundering charges. Ochoa is also wanted on charges stemming from his involvement in the murder of informant Barry Seal in Louisiana in 1986.
DEA Administrator Asa Hutchison said To say the DEA is excited about the prospect that Fabio Ochoa will be extradited to the United States to stand trial for his drug offenses would be an understatement of great proportions. Fabio Ochoa, the former right hand man of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, is responsible for the destruction of countless lives. His greed and ruthless behavior are unsurpassed, even among the most notorious traffickers of the cartel era. I am pleased with the decision of the Colombian Supreme Court, and applaud the efforts of the brave men and women of the Colombian Government, the Colombian National Police, the DEA and a host of other dedicated workers who have assisted in the investigative and extradition process.