Defendant Allegedly Conspired to Import 8.3 Tons of Cocaine into the U.S. in One Shipment – Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (“SDFL”), Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. DrugEnforcement Administration (“DEA”), Miami Field Division, Brian Crowell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New Jersey Division of the DEA, and Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, todayannounced the extradition of DOLLY DE JESUS CIFUENTES-VILLA from Colombia to the United States to face separate charges in both the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida. She is charged with conspiring to import multi-ton quantitiesof cocaine into the United States.

CIFUENTES-VILLA, 54, a citizen of Colombia, arrived in the Southern District of New York yesterday and was immediately transferred to the Southern District of Florida, where she made her initial appearance in court todaybefore Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan and was detained pending trial.

The charges filed in SDNY and SDFL are the result of a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional investigation into Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa, the brother andco-defendant of DOLLY DE JESUS CIFUENTES VILLA, and his drug trafficking organization. Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa, who is also chargedin SDNY and SDFL, has been designated as a Consolidated Priority Organization Target (“CPOT”), a Department of Justice designation reserved for the most dangerous and prolific narcotics traffickers. In February 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Officeof Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) designated DOLLY CIFUENTES-VILLA and Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa remains at large.

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