Jury Finds Colombian Guilty in Drug Case
Undated (AP) _ WASHINGTON (AP) - After two days of deliberation, a federal court jury on Saturday found Colombian national Marcos Cadavid guilty of conspiracy to import and sell cocaine.
The jury of 11 women and one man, which deliberated for more than eight hours over the two-day period, returned its verdict in U.S. District Court at midday.
Cadavid, 43, now living in Miami, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Judge Thomas F. Hogan did not set a sentencing date. He ordered Cadavid into the custody of the U.S. Attorney General.
Jurors had been sequestered since the trial began on Monday, and the federal courthouse had been under heavy security because of death threats from South American drug dealers.
According to U.S. law enforcement officials, the dealers were angered by Cadavid’s extradition from Colombia to the United States two months ago. He was extradited under a new treaty with the United States.