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U.S. Marshals arrest North Dakota man indicted as part of brutal drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico

July 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Marshals arrest North Dakota man indicted as part of brutal drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico

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A North Dakota man was arrested in a massive takedown of a drug trafficking organization based in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, authorities indicated.

Federal officials arrested members alleged to be part of a violent drug organization, which has been linked to horrific beatings, shootings, arson and ten killings in Puerto Rico, according to the FDA.

According to the Bismarck Tribune, a majority of the arrests occurred in Puerto Rico.

It was almost 3,000 miles away in Mandan, North Dakota, where the U.S. Marshal’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force with aid from Bismarck-Mandan’s Metro Area Narcotics Task Force, arrested one of the purported drug runners.

Christian Rivera (left)

The U.S. DOJ revealed that 23-year-old Christian Rivera, who is also known as “Albino,” gave shelter and security to known fugitives.

The man is among 27 defendants who have been charged with conspiring to distribute heroin, crack, cocaine and marijuana.

Federal prosecutors say the drug trafficking organization purchased narcotics from several sources including a Haitian government official.

Rivera pleaded not guilty and remains in custody pending a detention hearing.

If found guilty, all of the suspects charged in the case could face life behind bars.

“This arrest was a well-coordinated effort to remove from the community a man alleged to have committed serious crimes with a dangerous group of drug traffickers, This group is not known to have operated here in North Dakota, but the danger for that to occur has now been prevented. I’m very proud of the work our task force officers did today,” Acting U.S. Marshal Dan Orr said in a statement.

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