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Drug cartel boss Arnoldo Rueda-Medina handed 43 year prison sentenced in Texas federal court

April 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartel boss Arnoldo Rueda-Medina handed 43 year prison sentenced in Texas federal court

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Mexican drug cartel boss Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, whose arrest resulted in the tortures and murders of police officers in Mexico was sentenced to 43 years behind bars on drug and money laundering charges in Dallas Federal Court.

Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, who goes by the nickname “La Minsa,” 48, was also fined $5 million, according to a press release published by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Last September, Rueda-Medina entered a guilty plea2017 to charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiring to launder monetary instruments.

Rueda-Medina served as a leader in the cartel from 2007 to 2009.

When Mexican law enforcement apprehended him in July 2009, members of his group attempted to free him, getting in a shootout with police and then kidnapping, torturing and executing 12 federal officers.

Officials discovered a note at the scene where the bodies were left that said, “Come for another, we are waiting for you.”

Four more officers, along with two Mexican Marines, were murdered while responding to Rueda-Medina’s arrest.

“Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of the United States law enforcement team and the critical assistance and sacrifice of our Mexican counterparts, a notorious cartel leader is where he should be – behind bars,” U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox stated.

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