Accused Colombian brought to Columbus to face charge for cocaine trafficking

After being arrested in Colombia in 2021 and extradited to the U.S. on Thursday, an accused Colombian drug kingpin appeared Friday in federal court in Columbus to face a charge alleging he was responsible for trafficking cocaine internationally.

Julio Ernesto Jimenez-Oyaga, 64, landed in Columbus Thursday and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chelsea Vascura on Friday, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Justice.

A federal grand jury indicted Jimenez-Oyaga on April 30, 2019, and Colombian authorities arrested him in Medellin at the United States’ request on June 10, 2021, according to the DEA.

Jimenez-Oyaga is charged with one count relating to conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with the intention that it would be imported into the United States.


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