by Borderland Beat staff
A former top operative of Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels, was sentenced on Wednesday to 27 years in prison. Manuel Fernandez-Valencia alias La Puerca or “El Animal”, now 48 year old man was arrested in Mexico in 2010.
A Chicago federal judge sentenced a Mexican national, accused of being a top drug trafficker for the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva cartels, to 27 years in prison.
Federal District Court Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced the former narco on Wednesday, Zachary T. Fardon, the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.
Fernandez-Valencia was charged in a 2010 drug trafficking indictment along with 20 other co-conspirators
The plea deal, Fernandez-Valencia, whose operation centers were in Los Angeles, and Chicago, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. And admitted to operating a cocaine pipeline along with The infamous Flores twins who betrayed Chapo, Pedro and Margarito Flores. also read 'The Twins who betrayed Chapo" using this link)
The Flores brothers became cooperating informants and each received 14-year prison sentences after pleading guilty in 2012. (link to post of "Hollywood" the twins biggest customer")
The drug trafficking operation, involved using the support of the Beltran Leyva Organization and the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic vast amounts of narcotics into the U.S.