Ochoa Convicted in Miami Drug Cartel Trial
For those of you following the Miami trial of Fabio Ochoa, charged with rejoining the Medellin drug cartel after leaving prison and receiving amnesty, the jury found him guilty today.
A leader of a mighty 1980s Colombian cocaine cartel was convicted Wednesday of charges he rejoined a smuggling network after he was released from prison in his homeland and given amnesty.
Fabio Ochoa faces a possible life prison sentence on two federal drug conspiracy charges alleging he joined a 30-ton-a-month smuggling network from 1997 to 1999. Sentencing was set for Aug. 19. Ochoa, 46, made a sign of the cross, closed his eyes and dropped to his knees in the courtroom after the verdict was read. Jurors reached their verdict after spending five hours on deliberations over two days. The defense said an appeal was planned.
....''The government was able to spend half of the trial on the exploits of the Medellin cartel,'' Black said after the verdict. The jury found Ochoa ''guilty by history or association or something other than what he was charged with.''
Here's a wrap-up of the case:
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