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Former Medellin Cartel Member Pleads Guilty in US

COLOMBIA / 3 MAY 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Colombian citizen Sigifredo Maya, a former member of the now-defunct Medellin Cartel, has pleaded guilty to drug charges before the Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Florida, reports El Mundo. Maya, born in the cartel's home city Medellin, was indicted in 1994 along with his brothers on charges of handling major U.S. drug trafficking operations for kingpin Pablo Escobar.

He was detained in Panama in March 2011 while attempting to reach Mexico. He was immediately transferred to Miami, escorted by DEA agents. Maya is also accused of managing operations to smuggle millions of dollars in cash from New York to Colombia, in payment for drugs shipped to the U.S.

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