Thursday, February 22, 2007

Los Niches Cartel leader gets 30 years

A Colombian drug lord has been sentenced to 30 years in prison plus five years of supervised release for shipping 50,000 kilograms of cocaine into the United States, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Jorge Eliecer Asprilla-Perea was sentenced in Manhattan yesterday by U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa. Asprilla-Perea, 51, was the reputed head of a cocaine distribution organization known as the "Los Niches Cartel."

He pleaded guilty to cocaine importation and distribution charges in May 2002. In a post-plea stipulation, he admitted to trafficking cocaine valued at more than $1 billion.

Authorities say he operated his organization from inside a jail cell in Cali, Colombia, before being extradited to the U.S. late in 2000, with full diplomatic assurances that neither the death penalty nor life in prison would be sought by prosecutors.

US Mafia was born in New Orleans

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Deep Water:
Joseph P. Macheca and the
Birth of the American Mafia

Written by Thomas Hunt and Martha Macheca Sheldon, Deep Water captures the life and times of Joseph P. Macheca. It finally sets the record straight on the man who was a warrior for the corrupt New Orleans Democratic machine, a pioneer of the Crescent City’s fruit trade, a Confederate privateer and the legendary “godfather” of the first Mafia organization to germinate in American soil.
While answering at last the questions surrounding the 1890 assassination of Police Chief David Hennessy and the subsequent Crescent City lynchings, Deep Water establishes the factual details of Macheca’s life and sets them against the vivid backdrop of Gilded Age New Orleans. Published by iUniverse.

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I am the editor and publisher of a quarterly true crime journal, Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement. On the web, I publish the American Mafia history website and I moderate a Yahoo discussion group on Mafia topics.With Martha Macheca Sheldon, I coauthored "Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia." With Michael A. Tona, I coauthored "DiCarlo: Buffalo's First Family of Crime." I contributed a history of the American Mafia to the Australian-published "Mafia: The Necessary Reference to Organized Crime." I have written and co-written articles on organized crime for Informer and the On the Spot Journal.  I previously edited organized crime and crime books and authors categories for the Open Directory Project ( ).