Plea Deal Back On For Columbian Drug Lord

MIAMI (AP) — The on-again, off-again plea deal for a reputed Colombian drug lord is apparently back on again.

Court records show that Jaime Alberto Marin-Zamora, best known as “Beto” Marin, is scheduled to plead guilty to U.S. drug charges in early October.

The document filed Wednesday does not specify the charges or provide other details. Marin-Zamora’s attorney did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Marin-Zamora had initially planned to plead guilty in June. But that deal collapsed because Marin-Zamora refused to agree to a potential life prison sentence.

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. to face cocaine trafficking conspiracy charges.

Source: Associated Press