Guilty Plea Set for Colombian Drug Lord

MIAMI (AP) — A reputed Colombian cocaine kingpin is ready to plead guilty to U.S. trafficking charges months after rejecting the government’s first proposed plea deal.

Miami federal court records show that Jaime Alberto Marin-Zamora is set to plead guilty Thursday. He’s best known as “Beto” Marin and in June abruptly rejected a plea deal because it included a potential life prison sentence.

Details of the latest plea agreement will be released later, as well as the specific charges involved.

Marin-Zamora is accused of being a kingpin in Colombia’s North Valley Cartel. He was arrested by Venezuelan authorities in September 2010 at a resort off the Venezuelan coast and brought to the U.S. soon after.

U.S. authorities had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Source: Curt Anderson – AP