Fabio Ochoa Vásquez

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Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
Fabio Ochoa Vasquez, Medellin Cartel Associate
Born Fabio Ochoa Vásquez
(1957-05-02) May 2, 1957 (age 59)
Medellin, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Criminal charge Drug trafficking
Criminal penalty 30 years in prison
Criminal status In prison in the United States

Fabio Ochoa Vásquez (born May 2, 1957) was a ranking member of the notorious Medellín Cartel, which was one of the top Colombian cocaine trafficking groups. The youngest of the three Ochoa brothers, he lived in Miami, Florida during the 1970s. He was allegedly involved in the February 19, 1986 murder of Barry Seal, who was a former pilot for the Medellin cartel before he agreed to become an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Ochoa Vásquez was accused of leading a smuggling operation of approximately 30 tons of powder cocaine per month into the United States between 1997 and 1999. According to Mexican authorities, as recently as 2000 Fabio Ochoa was known to fraternize with some traffickers in the Milenio Cartel, which reportedly operates throughout Mexico, sending out regular shipments of cocaine. He was extradited to the United States in September 2001 and convicted in 2003 of trafficking, conspiracy and distribution of cocaine in the U.S. He was sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. federal prison.[1][2] He is now in federal prison in Jesup, GA.


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  1. ^ United States Sentencing Commission, Public Hearing on Sentencing Policy, November 14, 2006
  2. ^ Former Colombian drug kingpin gets 30 yearsbi Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Aug 27, 2003