A former Colombian congressman, his son and a man who operated their "stash house" were caught Sunday with 450 pounds of cocaine, 800 pounds of marijuana and $125,000 in cash, authorities said.
The men were nabbed about 11 a.m. at a home in an affluent suburban neighborhood, said Jack Hook, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Miami office."This was a good break in the case, to catch them with the narcotics in their possession," Hook said.
Among the arrested was Jaime Ceballos, 56, of Miami. Hook said Ceballos was a congressman in Santa Marta, Colombia, in the late 1960s.
"That area is known for its drug trafficking activities," he said. "We know they were trafficking from Colombia - both the cocaine and the marijuana."
Also arrested were Ceballos' son, Martin, 29, also of Miami, and Andres Subero, 25, of Fort Lauderdale.
The three suspects were charged with importing narcotics, possession with intent to distribute narcotics and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 60 years in jail and $200,000 in fines.