Former Bolivian Interior Minister Luis Arce Gomez, known as his country's "minister of cocaine," was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for smuggling drugs into the United States.

U.S. District Judge Jose Gonzalez imposed the maximum sentence on Arce, ordering him to spend 15 years in prison for each of the two counts against him.On Jan. 9, a Fort Lauderdale jury found the 52-year-old Bolivian official guilty of conspiring to import cocaine and of possession with intent to distribute.

Arce, who once hired Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to advise him on methods of torture, was captured during a family party on his mother's ranch 3 miles from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in a joint operation by Bolivian and U.S. drug agents.