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March 26, 1986
A Madrid court ruled that Jorge Luis Ochoa, alleged to be Colombia's top cocaine trafficker, will be extradited to Bogota on drug smuggling charges. Ochoa was arrested in Spain in November, 1984. U.S. authorities also sought his extradition on charges that he smuggled 3,300 pounds of cocaine from Colombia to the United States by way of Nicaragua. However, the Madrid court ruled that Colombia had the greater claim.
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January 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
The No. 2 man in the Medellin cocaine cartel surrendered Tuesday in exchange for the government's promise not to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted on drug charges. Jorge Luis Ochoa, 41, turned himself in at Caldas, 10 miles south of Medellin, and was jailed in the Medellin suburb of Itagui, court officials said. He could face up to 30 years in prison, but authorities have promised to be lenient with dealers who turn themselves in.
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January 16, 1991 | From Associated Press
The No. 2 man in the Medellin cocaine cartel surrendered Tuesday in exchange for the government's promise not to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted on drug charges. Jorge Luis Ochoa, 41, turned himself in at Caldas, 10 miles south of Medellin, and was jailed in the Medellin suburb of Itagui, court officials said. He could face up to 30 years in prison, but authorities have promised to be lenient with dealers who turn themselves in.
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December 20, 1987
Colombia rejected a U.S. request for the extradition of reputed cocaine kingpin Jorge Luis Ochoa, and he may soon be released from prison in Bogota. Claiming Ochoa's Medellin cartel is responsible for 80% of the cocaine in the United States, U.S. officials sought his return to face narcotics charges. But Justice Minister Enrique Low Murtra ruled that no Colombian is subject to extradition here because there is no standing treaty between the two countries.
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January 31, 1990 | Associated Press
A judge who illegally released a reputed leader of the Medellin drug cartel has been sentenced to six years in prison for obstruction of justice, a federal court said Tuesday. Fabio Pastrana Hoyos was fired from his post as a customs judge in the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena after his 1986 order freeing Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, considered the second in command of the drug-trafficking cartel.
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August 17, 1986 | United Press International
Jorge Luis Ochoa, reputed kingpin of one of the world's largest cocaine cartels, was freed from jail despite American attempts to bring him to the United States for trial, officials in Colombia said Saturday. Justice authorities said Ochoa, 36, who is wanted by the United States on several drug trafficking charges, dropped out of sight Wednesday after receiving a 20-month suspended sentence on charges of falsifying documents for importing fighting bulls from Spain.
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December 31, 1987 | Associated Press
The Reagan Administration expressed shock and disgust today over a Colombian judge's decision to free a reputed drug smuggling chieftain who is wanted in the United States. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III said the release of Jorge Luis Ochoa from a Bogota prison Wednesday night was "a shocking blow to international law enforcement."
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January 23, 1986 | United Press International
A Spanish court approved the extradition to the United States of a man alleged to be Colombia's top cocaine trafficker, judicial sources said Wednesday. A Madrid court ruled Tuesday there were sufficient grounds to extradite Jorge Luis Ochoa on criminal charges, they said. U.S. authorities had sought his extradition on charges that he smuggled 3,300 pounds of cocaine from Colombia to the United States by way of Nicaragua in 1984.
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