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Drug kingpin is convicted

November 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Guatemalan designated as one of the world's biggest drug kingpins has been convicted of cocaine importation and distribution charges.

Jorge Mario Paredes-Cordova was convicted by a federal jury in Manhattan on charges he led a drug-trafficking syndicate that smuggled tons of cocaine into the country from Central America.

Paredes-Cordova was captured in Honduras in May 2008 while living there under a false identity. Before that, he was designated by the U.S. as one of the most powerful and dangerous drug traffickers in the world.

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara said the conviction ends a more than decade-long run of crime for Paredes-Cordova, who was prosecuted under a 2003 indictment.

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