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UNITED STATES O F AM ERICA


VS.

HUGO CARVAJAL BAM


a/k/a ''PoIIo ''

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D efendant.

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IN D IC TM EN T

TheGrand Jury chargesthat:


C O U NT I

Atalltim esrelevanttothislndictm ent:

1.

TheNorthValleyCartel(hereinafterCtNVC'')wasacriminalorganizationbasedin

Colombiawhosemembersengagedin:(a)theillegaltraffickingofcocainetotheUnitedStatesand

elsewhere;(b)thelaunderingofdrugproceeds;(c)thebribingoflaw enforcementofficials;and(d)
thekidnaping,torture,andm tlrderofinform ants,rivaldrugtraffickers, andotherperceivedenem ies
oftheNVC.

2.

HUGO CARVAJAL BARRIOS, a/k/a $Pollo,''was a high-ranking m ilitary

intelligenceofficerwiththeDireccinlnteligenciadeM ilitardeVenezuela(VenezuelanDirectorate
ofM ilitarylntelligence)(hereinaher&D1M '')anditssuccessoragency.
Starting in the early-1990sand continuing through the ear1y-2000s, high-rnnking
mem bersoftheNVC began splintering offandformingrivalfactions.

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4.

From atleastasearly as 1998untilhisdeath onoraboutJanuary 29, 2008,theexact

datesbeingunknowntotheGrandJury,W ilberVarela,a/k/a(labony''(hereinaftervarela'')was
theleaderofoneoftheseNVC factions.
5.

Inandaround2004,theexactdatebeingunknowntotheGrandJury,Varelarelocated

hisbase ofoperationsto the country ofVenezuelaforreasonsincluding thethreatofcapture by


Colom bian law enforcementauthoritiesand thethreatofviolencefrom competingnarcotraffickers.
Severalofthehighrankingm embersofVrela'sfaction also ultim atelyrelocatedto
V enezuela.

From atleastasearly asin and arotmd 2004 untilhisdeath on oraboutJanuary29,

2008,the exactdatesbeing unknown to the Grand Juxy,Varela and othermem bersofVarela's


faction sentthousandsofkilogram sofcocaine from Venezuelato countriessuch asM exico, w ith
theknowledgethatthecocainewould beunlawfully im ported intotheUnited States.

8.

From atleastasearly asin and around 2004 untilhisdeath on oraboutJanuary29,

2008,the exad dates being unknown to the Grand Jury, Varela paid H UGO CARVAJAL

BARRIO S, a/k/a dPoIIo,'' and other high-ranking Venezuelan 1aw enforcem ent and m ilitary
offkialsto assistVarela'sfaction'sdrugtraftscking activities.
HUGO CARVAJAL BAM

O S,a/W aCSPOIIO,''andotherhigh-rankingvenezuelan

1aw enforcem entand military offkials assisted Varela's faction's drug trafficking activitiesby,

nmongotherthings:1)allowingmembersofVarela'sfactiontoexportcocainefrom Venezuela;2)
providingmembersofVarela'sfactionwithprotedionfrom capture;and3)providinginformation
regardingtheactivitiesofVenezuelan m ilitary and 1aw enforcem entpersonnel.
10.

Following Varela's death, m embers of his faction continued to pay H UGO


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CARVAJAL BARRIO S,a/k/a dPoIIo,''and otherhigh-rrmkingVenezuelan 1aw enforcementand

m ilitary oftscialsto assisttheirown drug traftk king activities.


11.

ln addition to the assistancedescribed above in ParagraphsNineand Ten, HUGO

CARVAJAL BARRIO S,a/k/a $PolIo,''sold hundredsofkilogram sofcocaine to a mem berof


Varela's faction.

12.

From atleastasearly asin and around 2004 and continuing th ough in and around

September 2010, the exad dates being unknown to the Grand Jury, H UG O CARVAJAL

BARRIOS,a/k/a $PolIoC also provided assistanceto narcotraffickersand theirtransportation


organizationsotherthan Varelaand m embersofhisfaction.
13.

HUGO CARVAJAL BARRIOS,a/k/aGpollo,Massistedthesenarcotraffickersand

theirtrr spodationorgr izationsby,amongotherthings:1)allowingthesenarcotraftkkersandtheir


tru sportationorganizationstoexportcocainefrom ,andim portm oneyinto,venezuela;2)providing

these narcotraftkkers and theirtransportation organizations with protedion from capture;3)


providing information regarding the adivities of Venezuelan m ilitary and law enforcem ent

personnel;and4)investingincocaineloadsbeingexportedfrom Venezuela.
(ConspiracytoDistributeCocainewith theKnowledgeand lntent
thatitwillbeUnlawfully ImportedintotheUnited States)
21 U.S.C.j 963
14.

From atleastasearly asin and around 2004 and continuing through in and around

September2010,theexactdatesbeing llnknown totheGrand Jury, in the countriesofColom bia,


V enezuela,M exico,and elsew here,the defendant,
H UG O CA R VA JA L BA M
a/k/a $PoIIo,9'

O S,

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did knowingly and willfully com bine,conspire,confederate,and agree w ith W ilberV arela,a/lc/a/

tlabon,''and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury,to distribute a controlled
substanceinScheduleII,knowingandintendingthatsuchcontrolledsubstancewouldbeunlawfully

importedintotheUnitedStates,inviolationofTitle21,UnitedStatesCode,Sections959(a)(1)and

959(a)(2);al1inviolationofTitle21,United StatesCode,Section 963.


15. PursuanttoTitle21,UnitedStatesCode,Section 960(b)(1)(B),itisfurtheralleged
thatthisviolation involved five(5)kilogramsormoreofamixtureand substance containing a
detectable nm ountofcocaine.
FO RFEITU RE A LLEG A TIO N S
16.

The allegations of this Indictm ent are re-alleged and by this reference fully

incorporated herein forthepurposeofallegingforfeituretotheUnited StatesofAm ericaofcertain


propertyinwhichthedefendant,HUGO CARVAJAL BARRIOS,a/k/a tdpollorM hasan interest.
Upon conviction of a violation of Title 21,United States Code,Section 963,as
allegedin thisIndictm ent,thedefendantshallforfeitto theUnited Statesany property constituting,
orderivedfrom,anyproceedsobtained,directlyorindirectly,astheresultofsuchviolation,andany
property used,or intended to be used,in any mnnner or part,to com m it,or to facilitate the

commissionof,suchviolation,pursuanttoTitle21,UnitedStatesCode,Sections853(a)(1)and(2).
18.

AllpursuanttoTitle21,United StatesCode,Section853,asm adeapplicablebyTitle

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21,United StatesCode,Section 970.

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