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Venezuelan Carlos Orense Met Colombian Narco Varela Armed on Finca Cooperator Says

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURT, Nov 29 – Venezuelan indicted narco-trafficker Carlos Orense Azocar was presented in Magistrates Court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 23, 2023 and Inner City Press was (the only media) there. 

 Orense had just been extradited in from Italy and the indictment against him unsealed.

The case was wheeled out and assigned to District Judge Vernon S. Broderick.

  On November 14, Inner City Press covered the final pre-trial conference before Judge Broderick. Thread.

On November 28, Inner City Press at 10 am and  later. Thread:

  Now cooperator Antonio Arvelaez (in court also said Antonio Arbelaez) takes the stand. Says he trafficked over 100 tons of drugs to the US, most of it with Orense. Also, automatic rifles, he says.

 This continued, with sound effects, on November 29. Thread:

OK - in 3d day of Venezuela narco trial of US v Carlos Orense. Cooperator still on direct, says Hugo Caravajal aka El Pollo provided vehicles and FARC cocaine. Pollo's lawyer is here in the gallery with Inner City Press

Cooperator: Orense had a finca in Zarapa, a big house and also an apartment in Caracas. [Beyond EL Pollo's, here in the gallery are two other SDNY-world defense lawyers....

Cooperator: At the meeting at my uncle's finca was El Pollo and the Colombian narco Wilber Varela [d. 2008]

AUSA: What sound does an Uzi make?

Cooperator: dat dat dat dat dat

  The computer screen with the map of Orense's properties could not be circled, during which Orense's daughter was not in the courtroom. The trial is rolling forward - toward the cross...

Inner City Press will continue to cover the trial.

The case is US v. Azocar, 21-cr-379 (Broderick)


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