Colombia Extradites Ochoa to the U.S.

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Thursday, November 1, 2001
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
11
455
Abstract: 

On September 7, 2001, Colombia extradited Fabio Ochoa, a member of the notorious family of three brothers who were among the leaders of the Medillin cartel that became fabulously rich in the 1980s exporting cocaine. Although Ochoa surrendered in December 1990 to Colombia in exchange for an amnesty, a U.S. indictment accused him of continuing to engage in cocaine trafficking after his release from jail. A federal grand jury in South Florida has accused Ochoa and several others of shipping tons of cocaine to the U.S. from 1997 to 1999.