Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas jailed for 25 years in Texas.
A Former Mexican drug lord has been sentenced 25 years in prison and made to forfeit $US50 million of his personal fortune by a federal court in Texas.
Today's sentence followed previously-entered Cardenas pleas of guilty to five charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and threatening to kill federal agents, the department said in a statement.
US District Judge Hilda Tagle in Houston, Texas, sentenced Cardenas to 25 years without parole in federal prison, and fined him $US100,000.
In addition, ``the court entered a preliminary order of forfeiture imposing a personal money judgment against Cardenas in favor of the United States in the amount of $US50 million.''
Drug ledgers seized showed the group made $US41 million from selling drugs in Atlanta, Georgia, in a 3.5-month period of 2001.
Cardenas was also linked to death threats made to US law enforcement officials working undercover during his three-year investigation, the Justice Department said.