FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive

CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT AND POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER COCAINE; POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER COCAINE; MONEY LAUNDERING; RACKETEERING INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS (RICO) - DRUG TRAFFICKING; CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE OR MANUFACTURE COCAINE ABROAD WITH KNOWLEDGE OR INTENT THAT IT BE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES

DIEGO LEON MONTOYA SANCHEZ

Photograph of Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez

Aliases:  Diego Montoya, Diego Sanchez-Montoya, "Don Diego", "El Senor De La Guerra", "El Ciclista"

DESCRIPTION

Dates of Birth Used: January 11, 1958;
January 11, 1961
Hair: Black
Place of Birth: Trujillo, Colombia Eyes: Brown
Height: 6'0" Complexion: Medium
Weight: 230 pounds Sex: Male
Build: Heavy Race: White (Hispanic)
Occupation: Rancher Nationality: Colombian
Scars and Marks: Montoya has surgical scars on his lower back and legs due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Remarks:  Montoya is presently protected by the Colombian paramilitary group, "Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia" (AUC).

CAUTION

DIEGO LEON MONTOYA SANCHEZ IS BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF MULTIPLE TONS OF COCAINE, KNOWING OR INTENDING THAT IT WILL BE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES. MONTOYA IS REPUTEDLY ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL LEADERS OF THE COLOMBIAN NORTH VALLEY DRUG CARTEL. THE NORTH VALLEY CARTEL IS BELIEVED TO BE THE MOST POWERFUL AND VIOLENT DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION IN COLOMBIA. THE CARTEL REPORTEDLY RELIES HEAVILY FOR PROTECTION ON ILLEGAL ARMED GROUPS, TAKING HELP FROM RIGHT-WING PARAMILITARIES AS WELL AS LEFTIST REBELS.

CONSIDERED ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST U.S. EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.

REWARD

The United States Department of State Narcotics Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the arrest or conviction of Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez.

May 2004


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