Colombian drug kingpin pleads guilty in NYC court to mass cocaine production

A Colombian drug kingpin pleaded guilty in New York Wednesday to producing more than 4,500 kilos of cocaine in laboratories in the jungles and exporting most of it to the US.

“I was involved in cocaine trafficking from Colombia all the way up to Costa Rica, and I was aware those drugs may end up in the United States,” Roman Narvaez Ansazoy, 47, admitted through a Spanish interpreter in Brooklyn federal court.

As part of his plea deal, Narvaez agreed to forfeit $20 million in profits — and faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life when he’s sentenced.

Narvaez oversaw a sprawling criminal enterprise that manufactured cocaine in the Cauca region from July 2009 to April 2013. He was a top producer of the drug at the time, raking in at least $10 million a year, according to federal prosecutors.

The drugs were transported from jungle labs to port cities on the Pacific Ocean then by ship to the US.

When arrested in Colombia in 2016, Roman Narvaez Ansazoy was found with 29 Golden ingots in his possession.
When arrested in Colombia in 2016, Roman Narvaez Ansazoy was found with 29 gold ingots in his possession.
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The route required Narvaez’s couriers to travel through regions controlled by the paramilitary group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known as FARC. Narvaez paid leaders of the group, designated a foreign terrorist organization, for safe passage, according to the indictment.

Narvaez was extradited to the US in 2019.

Some of the gold found in Roman Narvaez Ansazoy 's possession after his arrest.
Some of the gold found in Roman Narvaez Ansazoy’s possession after his arrest.

The plea agreement was struck in the same courthouse where Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was tried and sentenced to life in prison for running a massive drug empire that for decades pumped millions of dollars in narcotics into the US.

Narvaez’s attorney, Michael Sporn, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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