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South Florida Man Found Guilty Of Sending Weapons To Colombian Terrorist Group

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Miami Herald

South Florida Man Found Guilty Of Sending Weapons To Colombian Terrorist Group

By Jay Weaver

A South Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to shipping a cache of weapons inside air compressors to a violent Colombian rebel group at the center of an uncommon U.S. terrorism-support case.

Francisco Joseph Arcila Ramirez, who is a legal permanent resident in the United States, reached a plea agreement convicting him of providing “material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” the ELN, a leftist group that was responsible for the deadly bombing of a Bogotá police academy in January of this year. The group, also known as the National Liberation Army, did not use any weapons from Ramirez’s shipment in that attack, however.

Arcila, 36, faces up to 20 years in prison on the sole terrorism-support charge Dec. 19 before U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez. Related conspiracy and weapons charges will be dropped at that time under his plea agreement.

Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article235997538.html