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President Obama commuted life sentences of four gulf cartel-linked drug traffickers

January 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
President Obama commuted life sentences of four gulf cartel-linked drug traffickers

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Four family members who managed one of the most extensive cartel smuggling enterprises in South Texas had their life sentences commuted and will likely be returning to Roma, Texas, from where they controlled their illicit empire. One of the primary destinations that the criminal organization transported drugs to was Chicago.

During the final days of his term, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 inmates and pardoned 64 more. The majority of the convictions were for drug trafficking or manufacturing offenses.

Four of those commutations granted by Obama who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released in May. They operated a criminal enterprise comprising close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to smuggle between 100,000 to nearly 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. over the course of a decade.

The drugs were smuggled into Houston and then were transported to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major cities.

According to KGRV, the brothers, Cesar Moreno Sr., Eduardo Moreno, Lazaro Moreno, and Luis Moreno, and other family members and friends had been at the helm of a large-scale drug distribution organization based out of Roma, Texas, a border city.

The area has long been one of the central distribution channels used by Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move large quantities of marijuana into the U.S. due to the isolated nature of the area, which lack physical barriers and police resources.

In the case of the Moreno family, the groups heavily invested in real estate and the used car business to launder millions in drug profits.

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