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Drug lord sentenced to 16 years in Miami court

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Jaime Alberto Marín Zamora, a Colombian cocaine kingpin, has been sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to US drug trafficking charges.  A judge in Miami imposed the sentence today on the 47-year-old, a former leader of Colombia’s North Valley cartel. He had faced up to 24 years, but prosecutors recommended less because of his assistance in other cases.

Marín Zamora, better known as “Beto Marín,” hugged his lawyer, David Fernández, and was seen smiling after hearing his sentence.

Marín Zamora pleaded guilty in October to charges that he and others smuggled 30 tons of cocaine into the US from 1999 to 2004. He initially backed out of making a deal with prosecutors because a life sentence was still possible.

The US has arrested and convicted several top leaders of the North Valley cartel. Marín Zamora was captured on an island off Venezuela in September 2010.