A Colombian male citizen was extradited from Colombia to the United States on Wednesday to face a four-count federal indictment in the Southern District of Florida for his role in smuggling illegal aliens from Colombia into the United States.
 
The 26-year-old Carlos Emilio Ibarguen Palacios was charged, along with three other individuals, in a January 6 indictment on one count of conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to come to the Unites States, as well as three counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to the United States.  According to the indictment, from as early as November 2014, Ibarguen and other co-conspirators organized and arranged the unlawful smuggling of illegal aliens to the United States.  The indictment alleges that in at least one instance, the defendant’s conduct resulted in the death of two individuals.
 
This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations-Miami, with assistance from the HSI field office in Bogota, Colombia.  The government of Colombia, including the Colombian Office of the Attorney General, provided significant assistance and support during the investigation.  The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant support with the defendant’s extradition.
 
This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Danielle Hickman of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Dobbins of the Southern District of Florida.
 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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