Drug-Trafficking Ring in Romania, Coordinated from Colombia, Is Dismantled

By Dialogo
January 17, 2011

Two Romanians accused of being members of an extensive cocaine-trafficking ring, coordinated by the leaders of the Medellín cartel in Colombia, have been detained, the Romanian public prosecutor’s office specialized in the fight against organized crime (DIICOT) announced on 14 January.

“The top level of this organized-crime ring is in Colombia and is made up of the leaders of the Medellín drug cartel, the brothers Miguel and Víctor Mejía Munera (called ‘the twins’),” DIICOT specified.

The two Romanians, Nadolu Constantin and Iosif Catalin, were responsible for sending the cocaine to Romania from Ecuador, the public prosecutor’s office indicated.

A Colombian working with them, Víctor Manuel Porto Sánchez, is wanted on drug-trafficking and homicide charges, the Romanian public prosecutor’s office indicated.

The suspects are accused of having participated in the organization of a cocaine shipment sent by sea from the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil to the Spanish port of Algeciras (in southern Spain), and then to Italy and the Romanian port of Constanta (in eastern Romania).

The investigation was carried out by the Romanian public prosecutor’s office with help from U.S. officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Spanish, Italian, and Ecuadorean authorities.