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Federal Judge postpones sentencing for Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran-Leyva

July 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal Judge postpones sentencing for Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran-Leyva

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On Wednesday, a federal court judge in the District Court of Columbia postponed the sentencing of Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva, the leader of the Beltran Leyva Organization.

According to Proceso, Judge Richard J. Leon scolded federal prosecutors who filed a petition requesting life in prison along with a whopping $10 billion dollar fine be imposed for Beltran-Leyva, which officials argue he earned from the trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine between 2000 and 2010.

During Wednesday’s hearing, federal agents read the testimony of four witnesses currently in the custody of US prisons, who supposedly can prove that Beltran Leyva earned $10 billion dollars from the illegal sale of the drugs in territories he controlled.

“We will have more hearings; this could take two years. But it does not surprise me because nothing, in this case, has been easy,” said Leon said on Wednesday.

“There is no way we can proceed,” said the judge, who decided to schedule two more hearings for September 14th and 15th to evaluate the request by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The drug lord’s defense team disputed the prosecutors’ assertions, arguing they have not differentiated between the narcotics sent to the United States by the Beltran Leyva Organization and Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was arrested last January and awaits extradition to US soil.

The two groups formed a strong alliance in the 1990s, but the arrest of El Mochomo in January 2008 produced a violent split between his brothers and the Sinaloa Cartel, led by “El Chapo” and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, whom the brothers accused of treason for allegedly delivering Alfredo to Mexican authorities.

In November 2014, the Mexican government extradited Beltran Leyva to the United States.

As a result of the split, a violent war between the two sides erupted, which claimed the lives of thousands of Mexican citizens, including many politicians and police officers.

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