NEW YORK – A Colombian man has been sentenced in New York to 13 years in prison for his role in efforts to transport drugs and help a terror group build a dirty bomb to attack Americans.
Jhon Jairo Cruz Trejos (wahn HEHR'-oh krooz TRAY'-ohs) was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald says Cruz Trejos deserved more than the mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison because the allegations were more serious than a typical international drug deal.
Prosecutors say Cruz Trejos was a freelance weapons trafficker who sought to obtain enriched uranium so a South America-based terror group could build a dirty bomb. They say the group wanted to attack U.S. military personnel or a U.S. embassy in Colombia.
Cruz Trejos says he wasn't anti-American and talk of weaponry was bluster.