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High Ranking Member of The Gulf Cartel Who Was Captured In Texas Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison

August 6, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High Ranking Member of The Gulf Cartel Who Was Captured In Texas Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison

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A former high ranking member of the Gulf Cartel was given an 18-year prison sentence by a federal district court judge for conspiring to import multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States.

The Department of Justice made the announcement last week.

Ediel Lopez Falcon known as ‘Metro 5’ and ‘La Muela’ pleaded guilty in February to various drug-trafficking charges.

Lopez Falcon was apprehended in the border city of Pharr, Texas, as he left a local bank in 2013.

His intial indictment dates back to 2008, which lists 26 top ranking-members of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas before they splintered off to form their own group.

The 41-year-old was described in court as a top drug trafficker and weapons smuggler for the Gulf Cartel or “La Compania,” as the criminal organization is known as.

Prosecutors said the man known as Metro 5 operated out of the border city of Roma, Texas, where he was initially a free-lance drug trafficker.

By 2007, he joined the Gulf Cartel, just as the criminal organization had begun to control territories and was forcing smugglers to join or pay a fee to use their territory.

La Muela worked under the late Samuel “Metro 3” Flores Borrego, a Gulf Cartel regional boss who controlled the border city of Reynosa, and the area known as Riberena, just south of Starr County, Texas.

Lopez Falcon was taped on phone conversations coordinating the shipping of drugs and weapons over the border for the Gulf Cartel. He was taped telephone conversations by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

As part of his guilty plea Lopez Falcon, admitted to his membership within the Gulf Cartel, and provided information on the Zetas, which started out as the para-military enforcement wing founded by the Gulf Cartel before breaking away to form their own independent cartel in 2010.

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