ATLANTA – Guatemalan nationals Paola Valenzuela Arevalo and Herbert Jonathan Castillo Juarez, who are husband and wife, have pleaded guilty to eight federal charges for their roles in an international heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Valenzuela and Castillo led the operations of numerous couriers who imported heroin and cocaine into the U.S. and Europe.
From October 2015 through August 2016, Valenzuela and Castillo recruited, managed, and oversaw numerous couriers who trafficked drugs from Guatemala, including exploiting minors under the age of 18 as drug couriers. Much of the heroin that Valenzuela and Castillo trafficked came through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and was destined for major U.S. cities, including New York City, and Philadelphia. Valenzuela and Castillo also trafficked cocaine from Guatemala to several European countries, including Switzerland, Norway, and elsewhere.
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