War on Terrorism

Friday, January 14, 2011

Six Charged with Conspiring to Provide Weapons to Terrorist Organization

Defendants also Charged with Drug Smuggling Offenses

JAN 10 - MIAMI - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, announce the indictment of Franklin William McField-Bent, a/k/a “Buda,”53, a Nicaraguan national, and five members of his drug and weapons smuggling organizations.

McField-Bent, who is charged with three counts of narcotics charges and four counts of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, was arrested in Barranquilla, Colombia on October 8, 2010. Also charged and arrested in Colombia were co-defendants Jeison Archibold, 29, a Colombian national, Miguel Villela, a/k/a/ “Don Miguel,” 54, a Honduran national, Juan Carlos Cuao Camacho, 40, a Colombian national, Fausto Aguero Alverado, 38, a Honduran national, and Edwin Rodriguez Leon, 28, a Colombian national.

According to the indictment, which was filed on Friday, January 7, 2011, McField-Bent and others conspired and attempted to distribute cocaine knowing that it would eventually be imported into the United States. If convicted, McField-Bent and the other co-defendants face a maximum life sentence on each of the three narcotics charges, and a mandatory minimum ten year sentence on each count.

The indictment also alleges that McField-Bent and others conspired and attempted to provide grenade launchers, grenades, automatic rifles and other weapons to what they thought were members of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (“AUC”). The AUC has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Secretary of State since September 10, 2001. In fact, the defendants were dealing with undercover agents. If convicted, each of the four counts of conspiring to provide material support carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

“Drug trafficking is fuel for terrorism's engine,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division. “This indictment drains their tank.”

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