Posted on BB forum by contributor NAJ from a Themonitor article.
[ Subject Matter: Panochitas of the Gulf Cartel
Recommendation: Some prior knowledge of Gulf Cartel would be useful]
BEAUMONT, Texas — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel captured last year in Edinburg was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.
Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Beaumont, Texas, on drug and money laundering convictions.
Saenz , whose cartel nickname is a vulgar Spanish term for the female anatomy, is a 23-year-old native of Camargo, across the U.S.-Mexico border from Rio Grande City. He was arrested in October during a shopping trip to Texas.
Saenz pleaded guilty in January to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Saenz -Tamez confessed he smuggled half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana, generating about $100 million, which was taken back to Mexico and reinvested into business to buy drugs and "other things", he told U.S District Judge Marcia Crone in his plea hearing.
Prosecutors say Saenz was responsible for shipping at least half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana into the U.S. Investigators believe the drug cartel laundered $100 million.
Federal agents arrested Saenz on Oct. 9, 2014 while he was shopping in Edinburg.
Saenz replaced former Gulf Cartel boss Mario Ramirez Trevino following his 2013 arrest. Saenz rose quickly through the cartel's hierarchy — starting as a lookout, then becoming a record keeper before he became a regional plaza boss.
He'd faced charges in the U.S. since a sealed indictment was filed in September 2013, accusing him of marijuana and cocaine trafficking from Texas to the Southeast U.S. and eastern seaboard. The profits were then laundered back into Mexico.
Monitor Metro Editor Jared Taylor and The Associated Press compiled this report.
Original article in English at Themonitor