Mexican narcotics trafficker pleads guilty in Brooklyn court
A Mexican citizen, Salvador Uribe Jimenez (aka Salvador Jimenez Uribe) pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday for his role in a long-running international drug smuggling conspiracy.
Jimenez, 50, faces charges including international cocaine importation conspiracy and international narcotics importation, distribution and money laundering conspiracies.
Jimenez appeared before United States District Judge Raymond Dearie. He could receive up to life in prison.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), court filings and material presented during the plea proceeding show that from roughly July 1, 2007 to Feb. 26, 2008, Jimenez and his co-conspirators imported hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, as well as more than five kilograms of heroin and more than a thousand kilograms of marijuana, from Mexico into the U.S.
Jimenez also conspired with others during that time period to transport millions of dollars of proceeds from the sale of those narcotics back to Mexico, concealing the source of the funds.
From roughly May 1, 2012 to March 15, 2015 Jimenez again worked with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine, according to DOJ.
Defense attorney Samuel Gregory called Uribe polite and respectful, according to the Associated Press. He says his client accepted the charges against him and decided to plead guilty rather than face a jury.
Jimenez distributed the narcotics in the New York area, including in the Eastern District of New York (Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk).
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