Salvadoran Judge Sentences Drug Trafficker ‘Repollo’ to 77 Years in Prison

By Dialogo
November 28, 2014



Salvadoran drug trafficker Jorge Ernesto Ulloa Sibrian allegedly trafficked 10 tons of cocaine to the United States and other destinations over a span of seven years. But thanks to the work of Salvadoran security forces and prosecutors, he’ll be spending 11 times that span in prison.

Ulloa Sibrian, who is also known as “Repollo,” was sentenced to 77 years in prison by a Salvadoran judge on November 24. Prosecutors earned his conviction – and the conviction of nine other members of his criminal organization – during a trial which revealed the workings of his cocaine-trafficking network. The judge sentenced the other nine defendants to prison terms ranging from five to 60 years in prison. Six other defendants were acquitted of the criminal charges they were facing.

El Salvador’s Attorney General’s office (PGR) had charged Repollo with leading a drug trafficking organization that transported 10 tons of cocaine between 2005 and 2012. He was ultimately convicted of five specific offenses in which security forces had seized cocaine from Repollo’s criminal organization, according to La Prensa
, and he still faces money laundering charges.

Security forces captured Repollo in Guatemala in 2013.

Colombian Security Forces Capture ‘Czar of Coltan’


Juan Jose Rivera Suarez allegedly used a legal company in Colombia to export shipments of coltan and other minerals that were harvested from protected indigenous reserves by illegal mining operations – such as those commonly operated by the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

But Rivera Suarez, who is known as the “Czar of Coltan,” won’t be transporting any minerals for a while, thanks to the work of Colombian security forces. The Colombian Navy and investigators with the Attorney General’s office recently placed him under arrest, El Tiempo
reported November 21.

Law enforcement authorities suspect the Czar of Coltan transported large amounts of the illegally harvested mineral to the United States, where private companies use coltan in computer and appliance factories. Criminal organizations often mine coltan in eastern Colombia and Venezuela, and the FARC is known to use the mineral to finance its violent terrorist activities. It often relies on criminal organizations, like the one led by the Czar of Coltan, to export illegally harvested minerals. In 2011, Colombia’s then director of National Police (PNC) said Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was conspiring with the FARC to mine and sell coltan.

During the investigation, law enforcement agents seized 375 kilos of minerals, including uranium. Law enforcement investigators suspect the uranium was purchased in Venezuela and destined for the United States. They’re also exploring possible connections between the Czar of Coltan’s criminal network and private U.S.-based companies.

Coltan is often used to manufacture electronic devices, such as cellphones and computers.


Salvadoran drug trafficker Jorge Ernesto Ulloa Sibrian allegedly trafficked 10 tons of cocaine to the United States and other destinations over a span of seven years. But thanks to the work of Salvadoran security forces and prosecutors, he’ll be spending 11 times that span in prison.

Ulloa Sibrian, who is also known as “Repollo,” was sentenced to 77 years in prison by a Salvadoran judge on November 24. Prosecutors earned his conviction – and the conviction of nine other members of his criminal organization – during a trial which revealed the workings of his cocaine-trafficking network. The judge sentenced the other nine defendants to prison terms ranging from five to 60 years in prison. Six other defendants were acquitted of the criminal charges they were facing.

El Salvador’s Attorney General’s office (PGR) had charged Repollo with leading a drug trafficking organization that transported 10 tons of cocaine between 2005 and 2012. He was ultimately convicted of five specific offenses in which security forces had seized cocaine from Repollo’s criminal organization, according to La Prensa
, and he still faces money laundering charges.

Security forces captured Repollo in Guatemala in 2013.

Colombian Security Forces Capture ‘Czar of Coltan’


Juan Jose Rivera Suarez allegedly used a legal company in Colombia to export shipments of coltan and other minerals that were harvested from protected indigenous reserves by illegal mining operations – such as those commonly operated by the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

But Rivera Suarez, who is known as the “Czar of Coltan,” won’t be transporting any minerals for a while, thanks to the work of Colombian security forces. The Colombian Navy and investigators with the Attorney General’s office recently placed him under arrest, El Tiempo
reported November 21.

Law enforcement authorities suspect the Czar of Coltan transported large amounts of the illegally harvested mineral to the United States, where private companies use coltan in computer and appliance factories. Criminal organizations often mine coltan in eastern Colombia and Venezuela, and the FARC is known to use the mineral to finance its violent terrorist activities. It often relies on criminal organizations, like the one led by the Czar of Coltan, to export illegally harvested minerals. In 2011, Colombia’s then director of National Police (PNC) said Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was conspiring with the FARC to mine and sell coltan.

During the investigation, law enforcement agents seized 375 kilos of minerals, including uranium. Law enforcement investigators suspect the uranium was purchased in Venezuela and destined for the United States. They’re also exploring possible connections between the Czar of Coltan’s criminal network and private U.S.-based companies.

Coltan is often used to manufacture electronic devices, such as cellphones and computers.
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