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Mexican cartel lord Tirso Martinez-Sanchez pleads guilty in N.Y. federal court

October 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican cartel lord Tirso Martinez-Sanchez pleads guilty in N.Y. federal court

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Mexican drug lord Tirso Martinez-Sanchez alias “El Doctor, who U.S. authorities alleged was responsible for the trafficking and distribution of massive multi-ton shipments of cocaine throughout the United States and Europe pleaded guilty in a New York federal courtroom on Wednesday.

In an announcement, federal prosecutors out of New York’s Eastern District Court in Brooklyn said 49-year-old Tirso Martinez-Sanchez, pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to charges related to the trafficking and distribution of cocaine into the U.S.

As a result, Martinez-Sanchez faces the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, according to U.S. officials.

However, Peter Quijano, Martinez-Sanchez’s lawyer said the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to not seek a life sentence as part of an extradition agreement with the Mexican government.

Before his arrest in March 2014, and subsequent extradition in Dec. 2015, Tirso Martinez-Sanchez was the subject of a $5 million reward offered by the U.S. State Dept. for information leading to his capture.

Federal law enforcement officials said Tirso Martinez-Sanchez led a drug cartel which operated an extensive transnational trafficking network that imported and distributed thousands of pounds of cocaine in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

According to Justice Department officials, sources in Colombia supplied Martinez-Sanchez’s organization, which established a transportation network utilizing tractor trailers, trains, and other means of travel to import the cocaine into the U.S.

Prosecutors said once the drug shipments were smuggled into the U.S. members of Martinez-Sanchez’s organization transported the cocaine to warehouses in major distribution centers in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

According to Reuters, Tirso Martinez-Sanchez distributed the cocaine through multiple shell companies he either purchased or leased in the United States and Europe.

Prosecutors said from 2002 to 2003 alone, the drug trafficking organization imported a total of 76 tons of cocaine on both sides of the Atlantic.

Additionally, U.S. officials said Martinez-Sanchez used proceeds from illicit drug sales to invest in a vast number of business ventures, including a chain of high-end clothing boutiques, and purchase of professional soccer teams.

DEA officials maintain his network was so extensive, other drug trafficking organizations hired Martinez-Sanchez to transport their cocaine shipments including the Sinaloa Cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Ismael “Mayo” Zambada; The Beltran- Leyva Cartel, headed by brothers Arturo, Hector and Alfredo Beltran-Leyva and the Juarez Cartel, led by Vicente Carillo-Fuentes.

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