Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Plea Agreement: Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia, La Patrona, enters a guilty plea

Chivis Martinez Chicago Tribune and Pacer

One of the highest ranking female operatives under infamous Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Chicago to charges alleging she oversaw the distribution of massive shipments of narcotics to the U.S. and helped launder millions of dollars in proceeds back to Mexico.

Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia, 59, could face up to life in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of narcotics trafficking and money laundering conspiracy.

In a 25-page plea agreement [see below]  filed with the court, however, prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison in exchange for Valencia’s full cooperation in any current and future cartel investigations.
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U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo said he would delay sentencing Valencia until after her cooperation has been completed.