Lucio Borderland Beat with C.E.M.
|By Narcomics fo Borderland Beat|
The two day hearing scheduled for Alfredo Beltran Leyva last week, was postponed and and a continuance filed by the defense granted. In its place a status conference was held.
The reason for the continuance was a request for a psychiatric evaluation. The evidence to support the request is under seal. And most likely will remain under seal.
The move is an unusual one, especially at this late stage of the case, Alfredo pleaded guilty and the hearing was pre-sentencing. The hearing ordered by the judge was considered favorable to the defendant.
This most certainly not a ploy to stall, as part of the filing the defense attorney submitted evidence proving his preparedness for the hearing.
Because of the surprising guilty plea, the judge ordered the 2 day hearing in which prosecutors would have to prove some of their claims. For example, the outrageously high forfeiture amount.
The amount was calculated by information given to federal prosecutors by narcos in exchange for sweet deals for themselves. Using that information and magical math prosecutors are asking for the ridiculously high amount of forfeiture …..10 Billion USD. In the pre-sentencing hearing feds will have to give evidence to support their claims. It was assumed that La Barbie would be the integral witness, if the case had gone to trial. He would have given information regarding the operation of the cartel. He cut his own deal with the feds, and rumors were persistent after his arrest in Mexico, that he was not only a Mexican government witness long before his arrest, but also a witness for the U.S. government. When the hearing was ordered, La Barbie was dropped from the witness list.
His pleading guilty and being a first time offender will benefit in sentencing. The feds are asking for life. A much higher sentence than given to higher profile narcos.
Alfredo is asking for credit for time served since 2008, and that he serve his sentence in a federal prison in Southern California, to be closer to his family.
See order below…