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Feds request life in prison, $10 million fine, for Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva

July 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds request life in prison, $10 million fine, for Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva

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U.S. prosecutors in the Federal Court of the District of Columbia have asked a judge to impose a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a minimum of ten years, and a $10 million dollars fine for Alfredo Beltran Leyva, alias ‘El Mochomo’ the leader of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels

The US government argued in a written brief that Beltran Leyva pays the hefty compensation to offset the benefits he obtained between 2000 and 2012, from the illegal transport and sale of thousands of kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamines from Mexico to the United States

Back in February, Beltran Leyva pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and methamphetamines before Federal District Court Judge Richard J. Leon of the District Court of Columbia.

According to the EFE News Agency, his defense attorneys asked the judge for a sentence of 25 years in prison.

Justice Department prosecutors say the huge fine is only   “a conservative estimate” of the profits Beltran Leyva could have derived from the trafficking of illegal narcotics.

The 45-year-old Mexican drug lord, who was extradited to the United States on November 15, 2014, is scheduled for sentencing on July 20. Both the defense and prosecution recently presented their written requests to Leon

In a letter to the judge, dated Monday, July 11th, the defense argued that a sentence of 25 years in prison for Beltran Leyva is sufficient punishment, because although their client remained a member of the cartel that bears his name, the actual leader of the criminal organization was his brother Arturo Beltran Leyva, who died in a gunbattle with Mexican marines back in December 2009.

“Arturo was the undisputed leader up until his death in 2009 of the organization the government calls the Beltran Leyva drug trafficking cartel,” attorneys wrote in the defense briefs to the judge.

According to Proceso, Beltran Leyva’s lawyers stressed that fact to avoid further legal troubles for Hector Beltran Leyva, another brother, who was captured in October 2014 in Mexico and whom U.S. authorities have also placed on the head of the family cartel.

The process has achieved a remarkable importance because the prosecution has laid out in detail of an alliance that conjoined in the nineties between the Beltran Leyva Organization and the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, led by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, who was arrested on January 8th and is awaiting his pending extradition to the United States.

Prosecutors have made mention several times in court documents, of meetings held in the mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico between Alfredo Beltran Leyva and ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in which both subjects planned the shipment of large quantities of cocaine into the United States.

The January 2008 capture of Alfredo Beltran Leyva produced a rupture between his brothers and the Sinaloa Cartel’s two top leaders Guzman and Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, whom Beltran Leyva accused of treason for allegedly providing authorities information that ultimately led to the capture of El Mochomo.

A violent turf war erupted following the split between the two powerful criminal organizations, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Mexicans, including many politicians and law-enforcement officers.

Content translated published by Proceso was translated by JammedUp News

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