Noe Montes-Bobadilla, the former leader of a large-scale Honduran drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to 37 years in prison on Friday for trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine bound for the United States.
The 35-year-old was called “a violent leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Honduras” by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger. The Montes-Bobadilla drug trafficking organization, or “Los Montes,” was one of the largest drug cartels in Honduras. Los Montes dominated the drug trafficking activity in the area of Francia, Honduras, in the Department of Colón.
Drugs by boat or submarine
At that location and in the neighboring La Mosquitia region, Montes-Bobadilla’s organization and associates received shipments of cocaine sent via boats, clandestine aircraft, and even submarines by Colombian suppliers. Each shipment generally carried hundreds of, if not more than a thousand, kilograms of cocaine.
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Montes-Bobadilla worked closely with other drug trafficking organizations, such as Los Valles and Los Cachiros, to import the cocaine in Honduras and transport it north through Central America and Mexico to its ultimate destination, the United States.
Bribes, threats, and violence
To protect his cocaine trafficking operations, Montes-Bobadilla bribed law enforcement officers and officials, and engaged in numerous acts of violence, including murder. Through these efforts, Montes-Bobadilla and his organization distributed thousands of kilograms of cocaine destined for the United States.
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