Colombian drug trafficker gets 25-year US jail term

A Colombian drug trafficker with paramilitary ties was sentenced to 25 years in a US jail for conspiring to import tons of cocaine to America, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Christian "Tony" Fernando Borda, 49, was sentenced in court by Judge Gladys Kessler in the US capital.

He "will spend 25 years in prison for leading a massive international drug trafficking operation that conspired to move vast quantities of cocaine into the United States," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman.

Borda's drug trafficking and money laundering "facilitated the AUC's terrorist activities," said Michele Leonhart of the Drug Enforcement Administration, referring to the right-wing paramilitary United Self-Defense Units of Colombia.

Borda was convicted in December 2010 of one count of "conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that the substances would be unlawfully imported into the United States."

In addition to the jail time, Borda must serve 10 years probation and pay a $6.5 million fine.

Until his 2008 arrest, Borda led a group that sent tons of cocaine into the United States and other countries, via Mexico, the Justice Department said. He was extradited to America in 2009.