leader of sophisticated drug trafficking organization and prolific ally of the Sinaloa cartel condemned | Takeover bid

A Mexican national was sentenced today by the District Court for the District of Columbia to 22 years in prison for her role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy to transport thousands of kilograms of cocaine and drugs to the United States. dozens of pounds of methamphetamine.

Following a seven-day jury trial in December 2019, Luz Irene Fajardo Campos, aka “La Comadre”, “La Madrina” and “La Doña”, 57, of Culiacan, Mexico, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and to manufacture and / or distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and elsewhere, knowing or intending that these substances would be illegally imported in the USA.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Fajardo Campos, along with his adult children, ran a drug trafficking organization aligned with the Sinaloa cartel. It procured cocaine directly from Colombia, employed pilots, and negotiated the purchase of jets to transport the cocaine to Central America and Mexico. She joined forces with other Sinaloa cartel traffickers and her children for further cocaine distribution in the United States. She also oversaw the import of precursor chemicals into Mexico, which she turned into methamphetamine in a lab in the desert outside of Hermosillo, Mexico. She distributed this methamphetamine in Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson, Mississippi, among others. She also paid bribes to law enforcement officers in Mexico and Colombia to import cocaine through an international airport and attempted to bribe other public officials to secure the arrest of traffickers. rival drugs and the release of precursor chemicals seized in Mexican seaports.

“Luz Irene Fajardo Campos and her organization imported large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States, bribing foreign law enforcement officers along the way, and then distributed these drugs in our communities,” said Deputy Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. “His conviction and sentence demonstrates the ministry’s commitment to bringing to justice those who inject dangerous drugs into our communities and fuel corruption in the process.”

“With this conviction, we cut off the snake’s head,” said Special Agent in Charge Cheri Oz of the Phoenix Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “Drug traffickers like Fajardo Campos are tearing the very fabric of our communities apart. She’s made millions of dollars pushing thousands of pounds of poison into American communities while fueling violence and crime across the United States. Today justice has been served.

In addition to the prison sentence, Fajardo Campos was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release and lose $ 18 million.

The case was investigated by the DEA country offices in Tucson and Mexico City.

Prosecutors Cole Radovich, Kaitlin Sahni and Imani Hutty of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section (NDDS) of the Criminal Division and Anthony Aminoff, formerly of the NDDS, pursued the case with significant assistance provided by judicial officers. of the NDDS in Bogotá, Colombia, the Ministry of Justice Office of International Affairs and the Office of Enforcement Operations of the Criminal Division.

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