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Colombian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 16 Years

The U.S. government says it has sentenced a high-level Colombian drug trafficker to more than 16 years in prison.

The Justice Department says Jose Maria Corredor-Ibague, also known as Boyaco, is the first person to be indicted and convicted under a recent federal narco-terrorism statute.

It says the suspect was prosecuted under the measure because of his close involvement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The Marxist-rebel group is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

The Justice Department says Corredor-Ibague was the leader of a network that manufactured cocaine in Colombian laboratories and transported the drugs around the world. It says he gave money and weapons to FARC members in return for their protection.

Corredor-Ibague was arrested in Colombia in 2006 and extradited to the United States two years later.



FARC has been fighting the Colombian army since 1964 and is the oldest active guerrilla army in the Western Hemisphere. In recent months, the group has taken part in peace talks with the Colombian government.

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