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Former Zetas Cartel leader “El Taliban” sentenced to 30 years in prison

July 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Zetas Cartel leader “El Taliban” sentenced to 30 years in prison

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LAREDO, Texas — Federal prosecutors in Texas say a former high-ranking member of the ruthless Los Zetas cartel in Mexico was sentenced to 30 years in a prison.

Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Laredo. Officials say the 47-year-old Velasquez-Caballero is expected to face deportation following his release from prison.

I addition, the ex-Zetas leader must forfeit $10 million for his drug-related offenses.

Velasquez-Caballero, known in Mexico as “El Taliban,” pleaded guilty in 2014, in a plea deal, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

According to a Justice Department release, “The drug conspiracy involved the importation and distribution of 150 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana from Mexico into the United States. Millions of dollars in drug proceeds and over 100 firearms were also exported from the United States to Velasquez-Caballero and others in Mexico.”

, Ivan Velázquez Caballero, “El Taliban” after his arrest in 2012 (Mexican Attorney General)

Mexican authorities arrested Velasquez-Caballero in the northern city of San Luis Potosi back in 2012.

“El Taliban” was extradited to Laredo, Texas on Nov. 21, 2013, on drug-related charges.

Fifteen co-conspirators indicted with “El Taliban” have been convicted and sentenced in the case with two receiving life sentences.

Another four suspects have also been convicted in separate indictments resulting from the same investigation.

The former drug lord was a top lieutenant of Heriberto Lazcano “El Lazca” the former boss of the Zetas who was killed in a gun battle with Mexican Marines in 2012.

At the time of his arrest, Mexican officials said Velasquez-Caballero had aligned himself with rival groups and challenged the Zetas leadership for control of drug trafficking routes into the United States.

With information from the  Associated Press

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