Cartel member involved in Charleston cocaine distribution arrested

Francisco Monte (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Francisco Monte (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The U.S. Marshals Office says a 35-year-old man with ties to the Mexican cartel has been arrested accused of bringing over large amounts of cocaine into Charleston from Mexico.

Authorities say Francisco Monte was apprehended on Nov. 10, by members of the U.S. Marshals and Direccion Nacional Control de Drogas (DNCD) fugitive task force in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

According to U.S. Marshal officials, Monte has been on the run for the past three years.

Monte is charged by the DEA with being part of a large drug organization which filtered substantial amounts of cocaine into the Charleston area from Mexico.  Monte is also charged with laundering money as part of the criminal organization as well.  Federal law enforcement agencies were able to track Monte to the Dominican Republic, who then alerted the authorities in the Dominican Republic.

Monte has been brought back to Charleston by U.S. Marshals and is currently being housed at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina, stated, "This case illustrates so much in law enforcement, cooperation, dedication, and determination.  The austerity of Mr. Monte's charges caused him to run; however, he was not out of the grasp of the U.S. Marshals and our partnered organizations.  A sincere thank you is in order for all agencies involved."

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