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| 6/25/2010 12:00:00 AM

Accused Colombian drug lord pleads guilty to U.S. charges

June 25--Francisco Gonzalez-Uribe is expected to get life in prison for bringing tons of heroin and cocaine into the U.S.

Reporting from Washington — A top Colombian drug lord whom the United States has long considered one of the most dangerous smugglers pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to trafficking tons of heroin and cocaine into the U.S.

Francisco Gonzalez-Uribe had been awaiting trial in New York on charges of running a criminal enterprise dating back at least to 2007 that was accused of shipping loads of drugs to New York and other U.S. cities.
 
Federal prosecutors are likely to seek a sentence of life in prison with no parole. Now 44 years old, Gonzalez-Uribe was arrested in 2009 in the Dominican Republic and extradited to the United States.
 
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