Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tijuana Cartel Druglord Arellano Felix Sentenced to 25 Years In Prison For Racketeering And Money Laundering

Alberto Benjamín Arellano Felix will be eligible to be free in his early 80's and then is expected to be deported to Mexico to serve 18 years in prison for a previous conviction.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 3, 2012

San Diego - On Monday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Alberto Benjamín Arellano Felix, 58, aka. "El Señor" to 25 years in a federal prison for racketeering and conspiracy to launder money. Judge Burns also ordered Alberto to forfeit $100 million of identified assets.
Alberto will be released in his early 80's and then will be deported to Mexico to serve 18 years in prison of 22 years he was sentenced for a prior conviction. Alberto already served 4 years in Mexico.
Alberto admitted to bribing law enforcement officials and ordering numerous homicides involving informants and rival cartel members. Rival cartel members and fatally tortured victims were dissolved in barrels filled with lye or acid.
Alberto and three of his brothers, Eduardo Arellano Felix, Javier Arellano Felix and Ramon Arellano Felix ran the Arellano Felix Cartel based in Tijuana and controlled the major border routes between Mexico and the U.S.
The Arellano Cartel was responsible for transporting, smuggling and distributing thousands of tons of marijuana and cocaine into the U.S. from Colombia and Mexico.
Alberto led the Tijuana drug cartel between 1986 to 2002 and more than 1,000 people were reported killed by the cartel, according to U.S. authorities.
He had been in custody since April 2011, when he was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico.
In 2007, Alberto was sentenced to 22 years in a Mexican federal prison for money laundering and operating a criminal organization.

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