Six Colombian citizens have pleaded guilty to the US court of trafficking more than 19 tons of cocaine in "narco-submarines" subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, the acting US Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Karin Hoppmann, announced on Monday.
The six, all men between the ages of 40 and 54, were members of a transnational criminal organization that used semi-submersible self-propelled boats, known as "narco-submarines," to send drugs from Colombia through the Pacific Ocean to Oaxaca, Mexico, directed at the Cartel. of Sinaloa, indicated the Department of Justice in a statement, the AFP report refers.
According to the confession of the accused, Fernando Pineda Jiménez, alias "Padrino", 40, was the head of the organization. The rest fulfilled various roles, from overseeing safety at the boat manufacturing sites to making the fiberglass hulls with which they built them.
Pineda Jiménez and four of the accused - Luis Ernesto Pérez Quevedo, alias "Acuerpado"; Adrián Luna Muñoz, alias «Vaca»; Yesid Eduardo Torres Solís, alias «Dog»; and Héctor Ruiz Angulo, alias "Maestro" - face a minimum of 10 years in prison to life in prison on charges of cocaine distribution.
The group is completed by Rodrigo Pineda Torres, alias "Gordo", already sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison.
According to court documents, three "narco-submarines" were intercepted in international waters by the United States in July and August 2015 and in March 2016, with 6.900, 6.845 and 5.824 kilograms of cocaine, respectively.
A "substantial part" of that drug was destined for the United States, the investigators indicated, specifying that another "narco-submarine" linked to Rodrigo Pineda Torres was seized in October 2017 in Colombia before being loaded with cocaine.
The United States is the largest consumer of Colombian cocaine.