Colombian man accused of being a drug trafficking ring leader from a Canadian prison, pleads guilty

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A Colombian man accused of trafficking fentanyl from overseas to the United States has pleaded guilty ahead of his October trial.

Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Vivas Ceron pleaded guilty Friday to being the leader and organizer of a drug trafficking organization going into states like North Dakota, Oregon, and Florida all while in Canadian prison.

Detectives say Ceron moved fentanyl and other drugs from Canada and China into the US and the drugs caused the deaths and "serious bodily injury" of multiple people.

Officers say one of the victims was a person from Grand Forks that died in 2015 because of the fentanyl, according to the indictment. Several people from Oregon also died or had serious bodily injuries because of the drugs trafficked by Ceron.

He pleaded guilty to continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and controlled substance analogues resulting in serious bodily injury and death, and money laundering.

Ceron faces a maximum of life in prison. His sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet.