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After Colombia Plea by Brother of Petro Party Senator Now Extradition of Co D Only on Coke

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 22  – The narco trafficking brother of a Colombian senator in the party of President Gustavo Petro pled guilty on January 2, 2024 to a guideline sentence of 210 to 262 months.  

Petro has spoken publicly of no long extraditing drug trafficking suspects to the US if they agree to stop trafficking.  

Alvaro Fredy Cordoba Ruiz was extradited in January 2023 to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he was assigned a Criminal Justice Act lawyer and detained on consent. His extradition from Colombia had taken more than a year. 

 A superseding indictment was filed in February 2023 and on January 2, 2024 he pled guilty, stating that between July 2021 and February 2022, he agreed with others to send 500 grams or more of cocaine to the United States.

 "I knew that the cocaine would end up in the United States and I knew what I was doing was wrong," he said in a scripted statement. He is the brother of Senator Piedad Cordoba of Petro's Pacto Historico party. Sentencing was set for April 11 at 2 pm.  

 Petro has been mentioned in another SDNY case Inner City Press is covering, that of Hugo "El Pollo" Carvajal. 

On March 22 co-defendant Alberto Alonso Jaramillo Ramirez was, the day after his extradition in from Colombia, presented before SDNY Magistrate Judge Gary Stein. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag Court.

 Ramirez had been indicted on cocaine importation and machine gun charges. But it emerged that Colombia had only extradited him on the cocaine counts, and so the machine gun charges, like those on which former Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez was convicted earlier in the month, would in this case be dropped.   

  The day's CJA lawyer, from a large law firm based in New Jersey, consented to detention.

The overall case is US v. Cordoba Ruiz, et al., 22-cr-121 (Liman)


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