The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in New York and the Department of Homeland Security announced the extradition of Eder Pedraza-Pena, a/k/a “Don Ramon”, on charges that he conspired to import cocaine into the United States and to engage in maritime narcotics smuggling. Pedraza-Pena 45, a citizen of Colombia and former commander in a right-wing Colombian paramilitary drug organization, arrived in the United States last Thursday.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As we have charged, Pedraza-Pena was a ringleader of one of the most vicious and deadly narco-terrorist groups in South America. He bankrolled his organization, in part, by allegedly smuggling their poison into the United States. Today’s extradition demonstrates once again that we will work seamlessly with our law enforcement partners both here and around the world to thwart those who are exporting their illegal trade and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”