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Sixth Member of Colombian Cocaine Exportation Conspiracy Sentenced

SEP 09 (NORFOLK, Va.) – Julian Manuel Moreno Martinez, 31, of Turbo, Antioquia, Colombia, was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for his role in a cocaine manufacturing and distribution conspiracy centered in Colombia. 

Moreno Martinez pleaded guilty on May 11, 2015.  According to court documents, Moreno Martinez maintained farmland on the northern coast of Colombia where he provided storage and security for loads of cocaine that were in route for exportation to Central America and, ultimately, the United States.  He also personally arranged for transportation of cocaine loads and, at times, made deliveries and sales.  Over the course of approximately two years, Moreno Martinez was involved in the movement of over 1,800 kilograms of cocaine destined for the United States.   Moreno Martinez is the sixth member of this conspiracy sentenced to-date. 

Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division; Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia;  and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Assistant U.S. Attorneys V. Kathleen Dougherty and Kevin M. Comstock prosecuted the case.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Name
Date of Guilty Plea
Sentencing
German Dario Brand Piedrahita Sept. 23, 2014 Sentenced on March 3, 2015, to 144 months
Jose Nolber Zuluaga Otalvaro Dec. 17, 2014 Sentenced on April 7, 2015, to 108 months
Hermes Andrade Quintero March 12, 2015 Sentenced on June 22, 2015, to 164 months
Osvaldo Jose Lopez Herrera March 23, 2015 Sentenced June 22, 2015, to 156 months
Sonia Cruz Quiceno March 19, 2014 Sentenced Sept. 24, 2014, to 168 months

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