8 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, Unit…

8 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the May 5, 2005 successful extradition of defendant, Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez.

The defendant arrived in Miami, Florida, from Colombia on May 4, 2005, and made his initial appearance in federal court in Miami before United States Magistrate Judge Robert L. Dubé on May 5, 2005. Judge Dubé ordered the defendant to be detained prior to trial, after the government requested, and the defense stipulated to, such detention.

The defendant was 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; one (1) count of conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; 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.

The Third Superseding Indictment against Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez also names three (3) other defendants: Diego Montoya Sanchez, a/k/a “Don Diego,” Eugenio Montoya Sanchez, a/k/a “Hector Fabio Carvajal,” and Carlos Felipe Toro Sanchez, a/k/a “Felipe Montoya,” a/k/a “Pipe.” On April 25, 2005, defendant, Carlos Felipe Toro Sanchez was extradited from Colombia to Miami. He is being held without bond pending trial.

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.

The case will be tried before United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga.

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 .

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