News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Weds. Mar. 2, 2011: A Colombian national and allegedly one of the leaders of an organization that sent thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Brazil to the United States, has been extradited.
Nestor Ramon Caro Chaparro was extradited from Brazil according to Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Peter T. Edge, Special Agent-in-Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Newark.
Caro Chaparro faces an indictment charging him with being a member of an international drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy. He had been a fugitive since August 6, 2001, when he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn.
The State Department, under its Narcotics Rewards Program, offered up to $5 million for information leading to the defendant’s apprehension. According to the State Department’s website and the government’s indictment, Caro Chaparro has engaged in narcotics trafficking since the late 1980’s, and between 1998 and 2001, his organization was responsible for smuggling into the United States more than 5 metric tons of cocaine, wrapped in rolls of paper and concealed in sea containers.
On April 16, 2010, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Caro Chaparro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and he was extradited to the United States on February 24, 2011. Caro Chaparro had been listed as one of ICE’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.