Tampa, FL: Alonso Pineda-Torres (52, Colombia), also known as “Galladita,” has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison.
This sentence comes as a result of his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine on vessels under the jurisdiction of the United States.
Pineda-Torres pleaded guilty on October 11, 2019, following his arrest and extradition from Colombia. Court records reveal that Pineda-Torres was associated with a transnational criminal organization involved in the transportation of self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessels.
These vessels were sent from Colombia to the Pacific Ocean, with the intention of reaching Sinaloa Cartel members in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pineda-Torres organized a team for these trips, provided financial support to them, and helped with the departure of an SPSS.
Two of these SPSS vessels were interdicted in international waters, resulting in the seizure of over 12,000 kilograms of cocaine and the prosecution of the crewmembers in the Middle District of Florida.