Defendant in what prosecutors say was Mennonite-drug cartel conspiracy pleads guilty

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DENVER — A man accused of helping move tons of marijuana to the United States in what prosecutors say was a conspiracy between a group of Mennonites and the Juarez drug cartel has pleaded guilty.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1zLE28r ) Abraham Friesen-Remple pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug conspiracy charges in a deal that calls for 15 months in prison. By the time of his sentencing, Friesen-Remple will have served the term.

Prosecutors say he helped the Mexican cartel smuggle drugs in the gas tanks of cars and inside large farm equipment. Authorities say the operation moved to North Carolina following the arrest of a person who ran a Colorado Springs auto body shop involved in the case.

The investigation involved wire taps in which 32,200 calls were recorded in Spanish and a German dialect used by Mennonites.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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