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Lowell Male Sentenced for a Cocaine Conspiracy Connected to a Criminal Organization in Colombia

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ByDavid Brown

Jul 9, 2023
Lowell male sentenced for cocaine conspiracy
David Brown

Miguel Colindres, 61, was given a 51-month prison term and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV

Played Guilty

Colindres entered a guilty plea in January to conspiring to distribute and possessing five kilos or more of cocaine with the purpose to distribute it. Colindres was detained and charged on July 15, 2020, and a federal grand jury then indicted him on July 21, 2020.

Colindres arranged for the distribution of five kilos of cocaine with members of La Oficina de Envigado (La Oficina), a criminal group having its headquarters in Medelln, Colombia. 

La Oficina had its start in the 1980s when its members helped the Medelln Cartel, including late leader Pablo Escobar, with enforcement and collecting. La Oficina is now accused of engaging in fraud, money laundering, drug debt collection, murder for hire, and international drug trafficking

Co-defendants Fabio de Jesus Yepes Sanchez and Mario Zapata Velez are said to have been employed by La Oficina to recover a $750,000 narcotics debt owed by two Massachusetts cocaine smugglers.  

Colindres is also accused of conspiring with Yepes, Zapata, and other individuals to buy five kilos of cocaine from drug dealers in Massachusetts, sell those kilograms, and then send the money back to Colombia to pay off some of the outstanding debt.

The Authorities on This Case

Today’s statement was presented by Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Brian D. Boyle, and United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. 

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs’ Criminal Division, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, and the authorities of Colombia all made significant contributions to the inquiry. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren A. Graber and Jared C. Dolan from Rollins’ Criminal Division.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation includes this endeavor. The highest-level criminal organizations that pose a danger to the United States are found, disrupted, and destroyed by OCDETF employing a multi-agency, prosecutor-led, and intelligence-driven strategy. 

Allegations are made in the charge papers’ specifics. Until and unless a court finds the remaining defendants guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they are deemed innocent.

 
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