4 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Robert J. Joura, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today that defendant, Carlos Felipe Toro Sanchez, a/k/a “Felipe Montoya,” a/k/a “Pipe,” made his initial appearance in federal court in Miami, Florida, before United States Magistrate Judge Theodore Klein, following his extradition to the United States from Colombia to face narcotics charges pending in the Southern District of Florida, in Miami. Magistrate Judge Klein ordered the defendant to be detained prior to trial, after the government requested, and the defense stipulated to, such detention.
The defendant is charged in a Third Superseding Indictment with one (1) count of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963, and one (1) count of conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
The Third Superseding Indictment against Toro Sanchez, also charges three (3) other defendants: Diego Montoya Sanchez, a/k/a “Don Diego,” a Consolidated Priority Organization Target (CPOT); Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez, and Eugenio Montoya Sanchez, a/k/a “Hector Fabio Carvajal.” These defendants are cousins of Toro Sanchez, and all are charged with the same two (2) offenses charged against Toro Sanchez. Diego Montoya Sanchez, Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez, and Eugenio Montoya Sanchez also are charged with one (1) count of conspiring to launder monetary instruments, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(h); and five (5) counts of money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a). The Third Superseding Indictment also seeks forfeiture of assets, including one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) in United States currency.
Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez is in custody in Colombia. Diego Montoya Sanchez and Eugenio Montoya Sanchez both are fugitives. Diego Montoya Sanchez is on the FBI’s list of ten (10) most wanted fugitives.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration
and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the United States Marshal’s Service and Colombian law enforcement authorities. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Davis and Charles Duross.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .