BEAUMONT, Texas – A 35-year-old
Colombian national has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking
violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D.
Esmir Colorado-Cuero pleaded guilty
on Oct. 22, 2018, to conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to money
launder, and illegal reentry by a previously removed alien.
Colorado-Cuero was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today by U.S.
District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, in January 2016, law enforcement
officers seized a kilogram of heroin moving through Beaumont, Texas for
delivery in Louisiana. Around the same time, two bulk cash seizures of
over $100,000 each, were made in the Houston area. An investigation by law
enforcement agents into these events identified Colorado-Cuero’s connection to
a large scale heroin trafficking and money laundering conspiracy moving drugs
and cash from Houston through the Eastern District of Texas. Further
investigation revealed Colorado-Cuero was a Colombian national and had been
apprehended and deported from the United States on at least two prior occasions.
This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal
mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most
serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering
organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug
supply. Six other defendants have been convicted and sentenced for their
roles in the conspiracies.
This case was investigated by the DEA Houston Field Division; DEA Miami Field
Division; Houston Police Department; Beaumont Police Department; Department of
Homeland Security-Enforcement Removal Operations-Beaumont; Homeland Security
Investigations-Houston; and Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab Tyler
and Austin. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall
L. Fluke and John Craft and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tommy Coleman.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas