Colombian Paramilitary Leader Extradited to US to Face Drug Charges
by Jim Kouri, CPP
Carlos Mario Jimenez-Naranjo, a/k/a Macaco, has been extradited from Colombia to the United States to face drug trafficking charges, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher announced yesterday.
Jimenez-Naranjo faces drug-related charges in the District of Columbia and the Southern District of Florida. Jimenez-Naranjo made his initial appearance today in the District of Columbia before Judge Alan Kay.
Jimenez-Naranjo was indicted in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, with intent to import cocaine into the United States, and with engaging in drug trafficking with the intent to provide something of pecuniary value to a terrorist organization (narco-terrorism). The indictment also includes aforfeiture allegation. If convicted, Jimenez-Naranjo faces a minimum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life imprisonment.
Pursuant to the extradition request, however, the United States has provided assurances tothe government of Colombia that it will not seek a life sentence, but instead will ask for a prison term. The defendant is also charged in the Southern District of Florida in a 20 count indictment with conspiracy to import cocaine, money laundering offenses and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel subject to United Statesjurisdiction. Jimenez-Naranjo will first face trial on the charges in the District of Columbia.
Before his arrest, Jimenez-Naranjo was allegedly one of the top leaders of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), a Colombian right-wing paramilitary and drug-trafficking organization.
The AUC is a US Department of State-designated foreign terrorist organization. According to the indictment, Jimenez-Naranjo led the Bloque Central Bolivar, a group within the AUC, commanding an estimated 7,000 armed combatants.
Jimenez-Naranjo controlled large areas where cocaine was produced, and his organization was responsible for exporting thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to Central America, Mexico and the United States.
In August 2007, Jimenez-Naranjo was served with a provisional arrest warrant based on the indictment in the District of Columbia.
The investigation in this case was led by the US Drug Enforcement Administration with investigatory assistance from FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Southern District of Florida case.
The extradition of Jimenez-Naranjo resulted from the cooperative efforts of the government of Colombia and the Criminal Division's NDDS and Office of International Affairs Sections.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.