U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity – United States Department of State
Silvano Francisco Mariano allegedly operates clandestine fentanyl laboratories for the Sinaloa Cartel, where fentanyl precursor chemicals imported from China are processed into fully formed fentanyl for subsequent importation into the United States.
On April 4, 2023, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) returned an indictment against Silvano Francisco Mariano and others charging them with Fentanyl Importation Conspiracy, Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy, Possession of Machineguns & Destructive Devices, Conspiracy to Possess Machineguns & Destructive Devices, and Money Laundering Conspiracy.
On March 16, 2023, Francisco Mariano and a co-conspirator were arrested by the Colombian Directorate of the Judicial Police and Intelligence (DIJIN) agents as they deplaned their commercial flight in Bogotá based on a provisional arrest warrant associated with charges in the anticipated April 4, 2023, indictment. Francisco Mariano remains in custody pending extradition hearings on the SDNY charges.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the conviction of Silvano Francisco Mariano.
If you have information, please contact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via email at ChapitosTips@dea.gov. If you are located outside of the U.S., you may also visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If in the U.S., you can contact the local DEA office in your city.
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Government officials and employees are not eligible for rewards.