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Calif. judge sentences top Sinaloa Cartel operator Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum to 12-years in prison

October 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Calif. judge sentences top Sinaloa Cartel operator Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum to 12-years in prison

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A San Diego federal district court judge sentenced the leader of a Sinaloa Cartel faction, who oversaw the smuggling of narcotics through Central America, Mexico, and the United States, to 12 years behind bars.

In an announcement, U.S. prosecutors from the Southern District Court of California said 53-year-old Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum alias “El Licenciado,” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to importing 450 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. as the head of a large-scale drug trafficking organization.

As part of a plea agreement, Cazares admitted to leading the “Cazares Organization,” which imported narcotics from Colombia and Venezuela to Mexico and into the U.S., NBC San Diego reported.

Federal prosecutors indicted Cazares back in 2007 and a $5 million reward was issued by the U.S. State Department for information leading to his arrest.

Authorities in Mexico arrested Cazares back in 2012 at a highway checkpoint in Guadalajara and subsequently extradited him to the United States back in March.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cazares Gastellum worked closely with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, who  currently awaits extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for arrest warrants stemming from several drug trafficking indictments in seven different U.S.  jurisdictions.

U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes handed Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum, an 180-month prison sentence and ordered him to forfeit $10 million in assets.

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