INTERNATIONAL ARMS AND NARCOTICS TRAFFICKER PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO NARCO-TERRORISM AND NARCOTICS CHARGES

19 January 2012 – Defendant Agreed to Provide Military-Grade Weapons to Assist the FARC in Exchange for Cocaine

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that PAUL MARDIROSSIAN pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to five counts stemming from his negotiation of a weapons-for-drugs deal with DEA confidential sources whom he believed to be representatives of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”), a Colombian terrorist group. MARDIROSSIAN, a Swedish citizen, agreed to supply the FARC with military-grade weapons, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers and assault rifles, in exchange for large quantities of cocaine. MARDIROSSIAN pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

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