Photo: Joe Maria Corredor-Ibague
A Colombian narco and guerilla supporter that was the first person to be indicted under the federal narco-terrorism statute has been sentenced to 194 months in prison today.
Jose Maria Corredor-Ibague, “Boyaco” a high-level cocaine trafficker and supporter of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) was indicted under the federal narco-terrorism statute that became law in 2006.
The 46-year-old Colombian national was a leader of a narco network that distributed thousands of kilos of cocaine around the world with proceeds going to support FARC guerilla activities. Corredor-Ibague was arrested in 2006 in Colombia and then extradited to the U.S. in 2008.
Corredor-Ibague controlled the clandestine airstrips used by his organization and also owned and operated the laboratories used to manufacture and package the cocaine. Corredor-Ibague and his associates also transported cocaine owned by other drug trafficking organizations, including cocaine belonging to the FARC.
Corredor-Ibague paid taxes to the FARC using U.S. currency and weapons.
Corredor-Ibague pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine while knowing and intending that the cocaine would be imported into the United States, one count of narco-terrorism and one count of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.