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    Honduran Cocaine Kingpin Gets 37 Year Sentence for Pouring Drugs Into US - DoS

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Longtime Honduras drugs cartel chief Noe Montes-Bobadilla has received a sentence of 37 years in jail for smuggling thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States, the US Department of Justice said in a news release on Friday.

    "The former leader of a large-scale Honduran drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to 37 years in prison for trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine bound for the United States," the release said. "Noe Montes-Bobadilla, 35, was sentenced by US District Judge Liam O’Grady."

    According to court documents, Montes-Bobadilla led a drug-trafficking cartel named after him that was also known as "Los Montes." The documents described it as one of the largest drug cartels in Honduras.

    "To protect his cocaine-trafficking operations, Montes-Bobadilla bribed law enforcement officers and officials, and engaged in numerous acts of violence, including murder… Montes-Bobadilla… distributed thousands of kilograms of cocaine destined for the United States," the release said.

    ​Los Montes dominated the drug-trafficking activity in the area of Francia in Honduras and received shipments of cocaine sent via boats, clandestine aircraft and submarines from their Colombian suppliers, the Justice Department said.

    ​Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump has addressed the drug-trafficking issue, saying that he was considering an economic penalty for the illegal drugs that had been smuggled via Mexico and across the US southern border.

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