Former Bolivian anti-drug chief will be sentenced in Miami

23 September 2011

Sanabria, who served as director of intelligence at the Ministry of Government, was arrested in Panama in February and then extradited to the United States.

Miami, United States .- The Bolivian general René Sanabria, who pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to import cocaine in federal court, his sentence will meet tomorrow in Miami.Sanabria, 58, former head of Bolivia’s drug, will appear again before the District Judge Ursula Ungaro to hear the sentence, estimated at between 7-14 years, following an agreement of cooperation with the prosecution related to drug trafficking in his country.With the guilty plea and cooperation with prosecutors, prevented another Sanabria prosecution for importation of cocaine, which could have been sentenced to life imprisonment. 

Still, Sanabria faces the “iron judge” by great experience in drug cases and recognized by statements to the Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega and Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza, which the latter extended to their descendants. Sanabria, who served as director of intelligence at the Ministry of Government, was arrested in Panama in February and then extradited to the U.S., where he was wanted for alleged involvement in a narcotics trafficking cocaine sent to that country. 

Sanabria For ten years he joined the Special Forces counter-narcotics and police officer. In 2009 and retirement stage and the rank of general was hired by the government of Evo Morales as Director of Intelligence Bureau, which reported directly to the ministry of governance. And although it was busy collecting and exchanging information on combating narcotics, the group under his command sent 144 kilos of cocaine at the port of Miami in a container that moved rocks of zinc in September 2010. 

The container traveled from Bolivia to the port of Arica, in Chile, before being sent on a boat Miami, which was confiscated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in November. According to the prosecution, Sanabria traveled to Panama to close the deal with the alleged drug dealers were actually undercover agents from the DEA. There, the Bolivian military was arrested on February 24 and sent to the United States. recordings at trial revealed that Sanabria on August 20, 2010 met at a hotel in Arica Chilean agents posing as Colombian traffickers and awarded $ 75,000 as an advance of shipment. Sanabria’s lawyers sought a sentence of nine years for the valuable information provided on drug trafficking networks operating in Bolivia and threatening to link to other officials of President Evo Morales.