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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Federal Court Rejects Motion Issued by Tijuana Cartel Ex-Boss Eduardo Arellano Felix

"MX" for Borderland Beat


Mexican federal judge Augusto Octavio Mejía Ojeda rejected a motion issued by Tijuana Cartel ex-boss Eduardo Arellano Felix, ("El Doctor"), a member of a powerful clan that once headed the Tijuana Cartel.

The motion sought to cancel any arrest warrants against him in Mexico since Eduardo will be deported back to his home country in August. Last week, a lower court approved Eduardo's motion but this final decision supersedes the previous one.

Eduardo will be released from US prison on 18 August 2021 and deported back to Mexico. But the presiding judge did not confirm or deny if Eduardo had an arrest warrant for him. If he has charges in Mexico, we can infer that authorities will arrest him as soon as he returns to his home country through a legal port of entry.

At the age of 64, Eduardo may return as a free man to Tijuana, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico today.

The Tijuana Cartel holds presence in the area but is no longer the hegemonic group it used to be. Other groups like the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) currently compete for control of the Tijuana corridor.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) displaying Eduardo Arellano-Félix's release date: 18 August 2021. He is currently imprisoned in United States Penitentiary, Allenwood (USP Allenwood) in Pennsylvania.

Background

The Tijuana Cartel controlled the drug trade from its base in Tijuana, south of San Diego, between 1986 and the 2000s. At the height of its power in the 1990s, the cartel smuggled hundreds of millions of dollars in narcotics through a 100-mile-wide corridor stretching from Tijuana to Mexicali, south of Calexico, California.

The Arellano Felix brothers gained an added measure of notoriety when the Tijuana Cartel and its battle with the rival Juarez Cartel were dramatized in the 2000 film "Traffic," which earned four Oscars.

In its indictment against the brothers, the U.S. government said Eduardo was doing business with an illegal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity (RICO), conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine and marijuana, and money laundering.

Arrested in 2008 in Tijuana, Eduardo was extradited to the US in 2012 to face multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison the following year. His sentence was later reduced after a U.S. court deemed that he was "less involved in the unsavory aspects" on the Tijuana Cartel.

Source: El Financiero; Borderland Beat archives

25 comments:

  1. Judges in Mexico can't make up thier mind, more likely they want to squeeze bribe money to leave him alone..

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  2. Lesson learned (AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN): cartel bosses gets off with a slap. Others doing the carrying of the merchandise sit longer.

    The Kingpin Bullshit Act is a sham like the all of the 50 years of WoD.

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  3. Mexico has lost the war against corruption

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    1. What war? There never was one, they embrace corruption.

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  4. Judges in Mexico is all about $$$$$$$$

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  5. Guess they have no more funds to push things through? no que los aretes están haciendo billete low key?

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    1. Por eso el chapo, menchito, guero palma, alfredo beltran ya salieron? No digas mmds.

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    2. Los artes ya son el puro nombre..

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    3. Guero palma obviously has no funds. The othe others haven’t served their time yet like this guys has big difference buddy. De los gringos no hay perdón pero en Mexico el dinero hace milagros @10:28

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  6. We’ll dude u guys cannot forget he started a giant shootout before he got arrested ,with soilders injuried and dead what do u expect

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  7. This poor guy whom probably wasnt even really involved in the business of his family ended up fucked up because of his last name.

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    1. nope, he was involved, his actions caused the death of others, the torture of others, he helped to bribe and intimidate others, he deserves jail until death.
      He is as guilty as his brothers.

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    2. MX, thx for the update

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    3. "Poor guy"? Lao you're hilarious

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  8. Tijuana is a whole new world now with so much cross border traffic in people. You have American cliques of apparent Surenos organizing what look like bloods sets, made up of Black Africans who came to Brazil, through Venezuela, Nicaragua, EZLN lands, Guerrero, enclaves of Muslims from Iran and Syria loyal to Hezbollah, across safehouse networks run by Indians financed by D-company and by Triads backed by the Chinese Communist Party.

    This is not simple now. To be a cartel, you're going to have to control this, and it's beyond that when the cargo is half people.

    You try to fight the new order in TJ under and old paradigm, the fighting will never end.

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  9. I hate to say this but, for most people reading your comment it sounds like your burning your lips on the meth pipe. Your Rethoric is spot on tho but you did forget the Haitians that are roaming around in chicali and juana.

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    1. Talking to yourelf again oh brother.

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    2. I'm telling you this OT is waaaaay out of hand but for some reason I thought I was replying to another comment.

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  10. MX, great article with the background info. Also, gold star for using word hegemony. Thanks

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  11. Leave the guy alone, once he is out, he needs to fight the cartels that want to take over the Tijuana turf.

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  12. Watch out for clowns at your homecoming party.

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  13. I’m just gonna say this! TJ WILL ALWAYS BELONG TO THE ARELLANO FAMILY!!!

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