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Federal judge postpones trial of drug lord Alfredo Beltran-Leyva 90 days

February 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge postpones trial of drug lord Alfredo Beltran-Leyva 90 days

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A Federal judge in the District of Columbia has delayed the start of the sensational trial of Mexican cartel boss Alfredo Beltran Leyva “El Mochomo”, who stands accused of conspiring to export cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines to the United States.

At the request of the legal team representing Beltran-Leyva, the federal judge handling the case, Richard J. Leon, postponed the start of the trial which was set to begin on Tuesday.

Attorney Eduardo Balarezo, who heads the defense team of Beltran Leyva, requested a “90-day” delay of the start the trial against his client.

Balarezo requested the delay in a new motion filed in Federal Court mere hours before the case was set to begin, stating he needed more time to gather information on the list of witnesses expected to testify for the prosecution.

The Justice Department’s lead prosecutor on the case, Marcia M. Henry, submitted the list of DEA cooperating witnesses she plans to call last week, to the court.

Among them include former prominent figures of the Sinaloa cartel and the Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO) as well as imprisoned Colombian drug lords, who were allegedly the main suppliers of cocaine for the BLO.

The Justice Department and the DEA would have preferred if “El Mochomo ” plead guilty to the charges in the indictment, to prevent active intelligence being made public which includes the corruption of officials in Mexico.

Evidence that will be presented in court could even be used in the eventual trial of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman when he is extradited to the United States.

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