Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge

January 05, 2018

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

International Narcotics Distributor Sentenced To 20 Years’ Imprisonment For Trafficking Narcotics And Laundering Millions Of Dollars

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

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn New York, Salvador Jimenez Uribe, also known as “Salvador Uribe Jimenez,” an international narcotics distributor and money launderer, was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie to 20 years’ imprisonment for narcotics and money laundering charges, including international cocaine importation conspiracy, international narcotics distribution conspiracy, narcotics distribution conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.

The sentence was announced by Richard P. Donoghue, 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 defendant trafficked kilograms of cocaine and heroin from South America and Mexico for distribution in the United States, flooding our streets with dangerous drugs, and laundered millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This sentence demonstrates that those who seek to profit from importing and distributing narcotics in our country will be held accountable.”

According to court filings and facts presented during court proceedings, the defendant smuggled cocaine, marijuana and heroin across the U.S.-Mexican border, concealing the narcotics in tractor-trailer trucks operated by associates of Mexican drug cartels and delivering the narcotics to co-conspirators in the New York-area. The defendant also laundered millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds using a Queens-based jewelry store, which sent the money to Mexico. The defendant also facilitated the transport of large quantities of cocaine from Ecuador to the United States, concealing the cocaine in the flaps of cardboard boxes containing bananas, shipped by an Ecuadorian company.

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.

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