Columbian national pleads guilty to operating an international fentanyl trafficking organization from prison

A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a scheme to steal money from credit union customers./ Source: MGN

Fargo, ND– United States Attorney Drew H. Wrigley, District of North Dakota, along with United States Attorney Billy J. Williams, District of Oregon, and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, announced that a Colombian fentanyl trafficker, who was scheduled to go to trial October 1, 2019, pleaded guilty earlier today to being the leader and organizer of a continuing criminal enterprise while incarcerated in Quebec, Canada. He moved fentanyl and other similar substances from Canada and China into the United States and those drugs resulted in serious bodily injury and deaths.

Daniel Vivas Ceron, 38, of Colombia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice R. Senechal in Fargo, ND, to continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and controlled substance analogues resulting in serious bodily injury and death, and money laundering. Vivas Ceron faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison at his sentencing, date to be determined.