February 22, 2024
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A person whom prosecutors say led a serious drug trafficking group that moved multi-ton shipments of cocaine out of South America for eventual importation into the USA was sentenced in San Diego federal court docket Friday to almost 22 years in jail.

Josue Adan Lemus-Lara, 39, of Esquipulas, Guatemala, ran South American operations for a company that transported cocaine to Mexican counterparts, together with members of the Sinaloa Cartel, based on the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

Prosecutors say that over the course of 5 days in 2017, Lemus- Lara’s group despatched out 4 vessels from South America to Guatemala, every of which carried greater than 1,500 kilos of cocaine.

Lemus-Lara was arrested in 2019 by Colombian authorities and extradited to the U.S. in late 2020.

He was convicted by a jury final 12 months and sentenced Friday to 260 months in jail.

Lemus-Lara’s brother, William Lemus-Lara, was additionally a high-level member of the group. He was sentenced final 12 months in San Diego federal court docket to 17 years and 6 months in jail.