Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

August 04, 2016

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

International Narcotics Distributor Pleads Guilty To Multiple Narcotics And Money Laundering Conspiracies

Defendant imported thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana and laundered millions in drug proceeds for nearly a decade

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Earlier today, Salvador Jimenez Uribe, also known as “Salvador Uribe Jimenez,” pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie in the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, to a four-count superseding indictment for his involvement in an international cocaine importation conspiracy and international narcotics importation, distribution, and money laundering conspiracies. When sentenced, Jimenez faces up to life in prison.

The guilty plea was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), New York Division. The investigation was led by the DEA New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.

According to court filings and facts presented during the plea proceeding, between approximately July 1, 2007 and February 26, 2008, Jimenez and his co-conspirators imported hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, as well as more than five kilograms of heroin, and more than a thousand kilograms of marijuana, from Mexico into the United States and distributed those narcotics in the New York area, including in the Eastern District of New York. Jimenez, a Mexican citizen, also worked with others during that time period to transport millions of dollars of proceeds from the sale of those narcotics back to Mexico, in a way that concealed the true source of the proceeds and avoided financial transaction reporting requirements. Between Approximately May 1, 2012 and March 15, 2015, Jimenez again conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Hiral D. Mehta and Craig R. Heeren are in charge of the prosecution.

The DEA’s New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, comprises agents and officers of the DEA, the New York City Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security (HSI), the New York State Police, the U. S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, New York National Guard, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarkstown Police Department, Port Washington Police Department and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The Strike Force is partially funded by the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA), which is a federally funded crime fighting initiative.

The Defendant:
SALVADOR JIMENEZ URIBE Age: 50 Residence: Guadalajara, Mexico
EDNY Docket No. 12-CR-(RJD)

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