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Mexican court sentences leader of cartel assassins team 13 years in prison

August 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican court sentences leader of cartel assassins team 13 years in prison

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A Unitary Court in Mexico has sentenced a high-level Sinaloa drug cartel hitman to 13 years and eight months in prison, overturning a previous acquittal handed down by a lower district court.

Mexican prosecutors announced the conviction of 45-year-old Jesus Peña González, ‘El 20,’ identified as the security chief for Sinaloa cartel boss Ismael El Mayo Zambada and one of the founders of a team of assassins called Los Anthrax.

Peña González had obtained acquittals by a Third District Judge but the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) successfully appealed the ruling, and a rearrest order was granted, the Mexican website Blog Del Narco reported.

The Third Unitary Tribunal found him criminally responsible for the crimes against health in connection with possession of cocaine, marijuana, carrying a firearm and possession of firearms cartridges for the exclusive use of the military.

As a result, the judge sentenced Peña González, who was arrested by Mexican Marines back in February 2014, to 13 years eight months in prison.

Peña González allegedly founded Los Antrax, the armed wing of a Sinaloa Cartel faction headed by Zambada, along with Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa ‘El Chino Antrax,’ the flamboyant hitman who often boasted his luxurious lifestyle on social media.

However, excessive use of social media by El Chino Antrax provided U.S. authorities with enough intelligence to track his whereabouts, which led to his arrest in Netherlands back in December 2013.

Gamboa was subsequently extradited to the U.S. where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in San Diego Federal Court in May 2015 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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