In addition to the 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, Vivero Rendón was also sentenced by the United States justice to pay a fine of $ 20 million.
“Vivero will not be able to take advantage of his crimes and has been held accountable for leading an international drug trafficking scheme that transported massive amounts of cocaine to the United States through Central America and Mexico.“Acting New York City Attorney for the Eastern District said at sentencing, Jacquelyn Kasulis.
From 2009 until his arrest in October 2014, Vivero Rendón led an international drug trafficking network that transported tens of thousands of kilos of cocaine from Colombia to intermediate points in Central America.
The connections were made in particular on the island of San Andrés, off the coast of Nicaragua, and in Mexico, by air and by sea, before the cocaine reached its final destination, the United States.
“Vivero played a key role in the international cocaine trade, introducing multimillion-dollar shipments into the United States“Said, for his part, the special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), Ray Donovan, in a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
Also known by other names such as ‘Jhon Francisco Melo Barrera’, ‘The engineer’ or the ‘Profe’, the Colombian was arrested in Colombia in October 2014 and extradited to the United States in April 2016.