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High level Sinaloa Cartel leader pleads guilty in San Diego Federal Court

February 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High level Sinaloa Cartel leader pleads guilty in San Diego Federal Court

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U.S prosecutors say a senior Sinaloa Cartel figure pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal drug trafficking and money laundering indictment in San Diego Federal Court.

Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson said as part of a plea agreement, 41-year-old Jaime Huerta-Tizoc admitted to organizing and overseeing the trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the United States and laundering millions of dollars in illicit proceeds back to Mexico.

Huerta-Tizoc also admitted being a leader in the Sinaloa Federation Cartel headed by Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was extradited to Brooklyn in January to face a 17-count indictment.

Federal officials said Huerta-Tizoc used a fleet of trucks including tractor trailers to smuggle narcotics into the U.S. through Southern California on a massive scale for the Sinaloa Cartel, ABC10 San Diego reported.

Border Patrol agents stationed at the San Ysidro Port of Entry arrested Huerta-Tizoc attempting to enter the United States in December 2016.

Federal authorities had sought the arrest of Huerta-Tizoc since he was indicted in August 2016

“Any day a Sinaloa Cartel leader is no longer free to bring ton quantities of life-crushing drugs to our communities is a good day,” Robinson said in a statement. “As long as people are dying from overdoses and lives are being destroyed by illicit drugs, we will pursue the cartels.”

Huerta-Tizoc must also forfeit $2 million in cash derived from the sale of narcotics as part of his plea deal.

He faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison when he is sentenced before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw on May 12th.

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