The Department of Justice sent out a press release Monday morning titled “Leaders of the Lorenzana Drug Trafficking Organization Extradited on International Narcotics Trafficking Charges.”

The release explains two Guatemalan nationals were extradited to the United States from Guatemala on Friday in order to face international narcotics trafficking charges against them. The release states:

Guatemalan nationals Haroldo Geremias Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Chuci, aka Chuchy, and Marta Julia Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Julie, aka Yulie, aka Julia and aka Morena, were extradited from Guatemala to the United States on Dec. 10 to face international drug trafficking charges. They made their initial court appearance in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11. They are detained pending their appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Court documents say the defendants were leaders of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization, a criminal group comprised primarily of family members. “The organization transports tonnage quantities of cocaine from Colombia into Guatemala, where the cocaine is inventoried and stored on properties owned by the organization throughout Guatemala. Once processed, the organization works with the Sinaloa Cartel, among other organizations, to traffic cocaine into Mexico, through Central America, and eventually, into the United States.”

Documents also show that between 1996 and 2019, the group helped transport, store and distribute multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia to Central America and Mexico, for eventual distribution into the United States.

The press release states “Defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it will be unlawfully imported to the United States. If convicted, they each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.”

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