Colombian drug trafficker sentenced to 14 years in Norfolk court

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Colombian national associated with a transnational narco-trafficking group will face 14 years in federal prison after sentenced Wednesday for her involvement in a conspiracy to sell cocaine on a wide scale in the United States.

Sonia Cruz Quiceno, 48, of Calarca, Colombia, was indicted in late Oct. 2013 by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from her roles in a cocaine importation, firearms and narco-terrorism conspiracy. Cruz Quiceno was part of the Bacrim los Urabeños, according to court documents. She pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in March 2014.

A Norfolk federal grand jury filed the indictment and it was sealed until Quiceno came forward.

Court documents state Cruz Quiceno was responsible for negotiating cocaine sales and moving money on behalf of the organized crime group. She also moved millions of U.S. dollars back into Colombia from the sale of cocaine in the states.

German Dario Brand Piedrahita, who also worked for Urabeños, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Norfolk court to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine for the purpose of importation into the U.S.

Urabeños are now arguably most powerful crime organization, stated InsightCrime.org.

Brand Piedrahita, 48, of Medellin, Colombia, was part of that October indictment as well. In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Brand Piedrahita admitted to his role in the production of large quantities of cocaine in Colombia for Urabeños, and then transporting the cocaine to other members of the group for eventual importation into the U.S. He was part of shipping hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the life of Urabeños. He will be sentenced January 7, 2015, according to authorities.

This case was investigated by the Norfolk Resident Office and Bogota, Colombia Country Office of the DEAn, the FBI, and the Colombian National Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys V. Kathleen Dougherty, Kevin M. Comstock, and Joseph E. DePadilla are prosecuting the case, the release stated.

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