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U.S. deports Colombian drug kingpin after serving 8-year prison stint

December 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. deports Colombian drug kingpin after serving 8-year prison stint

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency deported Hebert Veloza Garcia, the former head of a Colombian paramilitary organization that managed the distribution of cocaine in the U.S. back to Colombia after serving over eight years in a U.S. prison.

“Hebert Veloza Garcia, 50, a leader of Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia or AUC, was deported via ICE Air under escort by ERO [Enforcement and Removal Operations] officers,” ICE officials said in a press release.

Veloza Garcia was brought to the ERO division after serving over eight years in prison and was transferred over to Colombian authorities.

The former AUC head was found guilty in U.S. federal court back in 2009 on charges of conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine in the U.S.

The sophisticated drug trafficking group worked for at least a decade, starting in 1998.

Veloza has confessed in Colombian court that he ordered or personally took part in the murders of dozens of victims while heading the AUC.

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