MIAMI (AP) - A top lieutenant in Colombia's North Valley cocaine
cartel has pleaded guilty to U.S. drug and obstruction of justice
Eugenio Montoya Sanchez, 38, entered the plea Friday in federal
court in Miami.
Montoya is the brother of alleged North Valley mastermind Diego
Montoya Sanchez, who is awaiting trial in Miami.
The younger Montoya admitted he handling financing, money
laundering and coordination of multi-ton cocaine shipments bound
for the U.S. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison, with
prosecutors recommending 30 years. A U.S.-Colombian extradition
agreement prohibits a life sentence.
The North Valley cartel became Colombia's most powerful in the
mid-90s after the dismantling of the Medellin and Cali cartels.