Colombian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in U.S. Prison

By Dialogo
August 07, 2013

A Colombian drug trafficking leader named Christian Borda, involved with paramilitaries in smuggling cocaine into the United States, was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment by the U.S. justice, the Department of Justice reported.

“Christian Borda will spend 25 years in prison for leading a massive international drug trafficking operation which conspired to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States,” prosecutor Mythili Raman said in a statement.

Borda, aka ‘Tony’, was sentenced by Judge Gladys Kessler, District of Columbia (encompassing Washington) and will serve a minimum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment, according to the text.

In addition, he was also condemned to 10 years of parole and to pay a fine of $6.5 million.

His drug-trafficking and money laundering activities “paved the way for terrorist activities perpetrated by the AUC (United Self Defenses, Colombian paramilitaries, disarmed) Michele Leonhart, director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated.

Until his arrest in 2008, age 49, he led from Colombia an organization that smuggled “tons of cocaine” into the U.S. and other markets, through Mexico, the Department of Justice added. In 2009, he was extradited to the United States. In 2010, he was found guilty of conspiracy for the distribution of five or more kilos of cocaine, with the plan of smuggling them into the United States.