A Colombian drug trafficking leader named Christian Borda, involved with paramilitaries in smuggling cocaine into the United States, was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment by the U.S. justice, the Department of Justice reported. By Dialogo August 07, 2013 Borda, aka ‘Tony’, was sentenced by Judge Gladys Kessler, District of Columbia (encompassing Washington) and will serve a minimum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment, according to the text. “Christian Borda will spend 25 years in prison for leading a massive international drug trafficking operation which conspired to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States,” prosecutor Mythili Raman said in a statement. His drug-trafficking and money laundering activities “paved the way for terrorist activities perpetrated by the AUC (United Self Defenses, Colombian paramilitaries, disarmed) Michele Leonhart, director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated. In addition, he was also condemned to 10 years of parole and to pay a fine of $6.5 million. Until his arrest in 2008, age 49, he led from Colombia an organization that smuggled “tons of cocaine” into the U.S. and other markets, through Mexico, the Department of Justice added. In 2009, he was extradited to the United States. In 2010, he was found guilty of conspiracy for the distribution of five or more kilos of cocaine, with the plan of smuggling them into the United States.
DES MOINES — The coronavirus pandemic has hit farmers hard this spring — but Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says the one thing it hasn’t hurt is planting.“The crop side of things has truly been a bright spot for Iowa agriculture this year — especially after the last couple of years after very challenging springs — wet springs, flooding,” Naig says.The USDA crop report shows less than ten percent of corn and soybeans remained to be planted heading into last week. Naig says the weather conditions played out perfectly. “This year we had a really nice window open up at the end of April. Mother Nature cooperated just perfectly and we saw a record pace of getting corn and soybeans in the ground,” Naig says. “And it has just been a testament to all that it took to get that to happen in a very short time frame.”Naig says the turnaround has been a welcome boost. “I had to say last year all throughout the year we were several weeks behind average. This year we can say things like ‘we’re a month ahead of last year and several weeks ahead of the five-year average.’ So, really a bright spot for our farmers,” according to Naig.There have been a few weather issues since the planting got underway — but nothing major. “We’ve seen some abnormally dry conditions across really from southwest Iowa up into north-central Iowa. Now, over the last ten days to two weeks we’ve seen an ample amount of rain that has come through and the crops look good,” Naig says. “We do need some heat –we do need some sun — and that will really allow things to take off.”There were a few days where cold temperatures and frost hit after crops were starting to emerge, and that caused a little damage. “Not widespread damage to the crops, but we do know that there was some damage to the crops and some replant that occurred. But by and large — that occurred when the crop was well-protected,” Naig says.Last week’s crop report showed 97 percent of the corn had been planted and 92 percent of the soybeans. A new report released later today will update the planting progress.