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Thursday, August 8, 2019

“El Chuy Raul” Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison by Federal Judge in Chicago

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Chicago.suntimes y Zeta
                           The Wanted poster in Mexico for Jesus "Chuy" Raul Beltran-Leon.

The Sinaloense Jesús Raúl Beltrán León, alias “El Chuy Raúl” or “Trébol”, brother-in-law and lieutenant of Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, “El Alfredillo” - in turn son of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, “El Chapo” -, was sentenced this Tuesday in the Federal Court of the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), to 28 years in prison, for being one of the coordinators of drug trafficking for the Sinaloa Cartel in the United States.

‘You were a serious drug conspirator at a high level,’ a federal judge in Chicago tells Jesus "Chuy" Raul Beltran Leon. ‘And I need to sentence you accordingly.’
A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a reputed onetime lieutenant in the Sinaloa drug cartel on Tuesday to 28 years in prison but also rejected a claim that the man offered $25,000 for the severe beating of a godson of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, "El Mini Lic".

Declaring that “suspicion doesn’t win,” U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo also angrily pushed back against defense claims that U.S. drug agents had been complicit in the alleged torture of Jesus Raul Beltran Leon after his capture by Mexican marines.

“That’s not the country that I belong to, where suspicion is enough to win,” Castillo said as he nearly shouted down one of Beltran Leon’s attorneys. “You need proof.”

Moments before he learned his sentence, Beltran Leon apologized for his crimes and said, “I am done with that life. This life has caused nothing but sadness.”

Castillo then labeled Beltran Leon “a serious drug conspirator at a high level” and decried Mexico’s bloody drug war while announcing Beltran Leon’s punishment.

“Mexico is tired of this violence, and so is the United States,” Castillo said at the end of a two-day hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse.

Prosecutors say Beltran Leon worked with Guzman’s sons to smuggle massive shipments of drugs into the United States. In April, he admitted his role in the sale of 46 kilograms of cocaine in Los Angeles between June 8 and June 10, 2013.

Beltran Leon’s sentencing hearing opened with the stunning allegation that he had offered $25,000 for someone to severely beat Guzman's godson Damaso Lopez Serrano, "El Mini Lic". Andrew Johnston, an attempted bank robber who had been imprisoned with both men at the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center, had secretly recorded Beltran Leon talking about the alleged plot.

He said Beltran Leon decided to plead guilty rather than face a trial in which Serrano could testify against him.

Though Johnston said he first heard the offer was for $5,000, he recorded Beltran Leon saying, “I heard 25,000.”

Johnston also could be heard on the recording mentioning the Four Corner Hustlers, a brutal Chicago street gang. Prosecutors played the recording Monday.

When the hearing resumed Tuesday, Beltran Leon’s lawyer Beau Brindley attacked Johnston’s credibility by forcing him to acknowledge he had previously accused federal authorities, including Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, of lying about him. He even accused a federal agent of tampering with a recording.

Court records suggest prosecutors had planned to call an additional witness to discuss the alleged plot against Serrano. But testimony ended after Johnston finished.

Moments later, Castillo rejected the allegation, saying there were “too many stretches” and that Johnston’s “credibility is just about nowhere in this building.”

The ruling meant the judge wouldn’t consider the claim when sentencing Beltran Leon, who still faced a potential life sentence.

Castillo did say he would temper Beltran Leon’s sentence because of Beltran Leon’s claim he had been tortured by Mexican marines after his capture in 2014. He did so even after Beltran Leon’s attorneys earned an angry rebuke by suggesting, with little evidence, that U.S. drug agents had been complicit.

“How is that any different than the government trying to say, ‘Well, your client was trying to have somebody beaten up at the MCC’ but they can’t prove it?” Castillo said.

The judge added, “let [Beltran Leon] take the witness stand right now, and see how that goes for him.”

Beltran Leon’s attorneys declined the offer.

“And there’s a reason for that,” Castillo said. “And any lawyer in this business knows the reason behind that. So please don’t do this.”

More Details From ZETA:
The drug trafficker was involved in the transport of drugs by plane from Mexico to the United States, according to the accusation of the Federal Prosecutor of the Northern District of Illinois, who had requested life imprisonment for “El Chuy León” for new crimes that would be added to that of Drug trafficking and money laundering.

However, federal judge Rubén Castillo dismissed the new accusations against the Sinaloan drug trafficker, because according to him they were based on the testimony of a bank robber, "without any credibility," he said, and then added that his sentence took into account the ill-treatment that Beltrán León suffered when he was arrested in Mexico and was in the custody of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar).

At the sentencing hearing, prosecutors presented six witnesses to prove Beltrán León's role in coordinating the transportation of large quantities of cocaine from Central and South America, to Mexico, a drug that was later transferred to the United States along with heroin shipments, marijuana and methamphetamine.

One of the witnesses was another Sinaloense, Dámaso López Serrano, alias “El Mini Lic”, who spoke of the alleged danger of “El Chuy Raúl”, since he used to move armed with a gold plated AK-47 assault rifle or “Cuerno de Chivo ”, in addition to consuming cocaine and drinking a lot of alcohol.
According to "El Mini Lic," Beltrán León tried to avoid his testimony and came to offer $ 25,000 to members of the Four Corner Hustlers gang, to "split his head" while he was being held in the Chicago Metropolitan Jail, he said.
López Serrano,"El Mini Lic" son of Dámaso López Núñez, “El Licenciado”, partner and compadre of “El Chapo”,  handed himself over two years ago at the border with Mexico to agents of the US Government, and since then he has collaborated with the authorities in several trials against the cartel, for which he is considered "a marked man."


  1. Excellent yippie another to serve time, then will be a grandpa, when he comes out, you can't bribe American judges lol.

  2. Chuy Raul didnt snitch mini lic on the other hand spilled the beans

    1. He did say he regrets working for CDS

  3. Animo Trebol
    El Cartel will take care of your family your 401k and medical benefits will continue with your offspring.
    López Serrano El Mini Lic and Dámaso López Núñez El Licenciado are both traitors. You can never return to Mexico. You are both 1 and 2 on la lista negra.

  4. Another rat that didn’t what to get rat on typical from cartel de snitched

    1. Chivis why do you allow bs comments loke this guys

  5. He gonna do more time then Vicente. How fucked up is this shit? Big fish little time, small fish a lot if time. Wow.

    1. El trebol a small fish hhahhahahaha????? Do you know who his dad is? Su familia esta bien pesada desde su Papa a sus tios y primos.

    2. Vicente did a whole lot of snitching.

    3. Vicente gave up alot of info and must remain in the USA the rest of his life supposedly.

    4. Trebol may not have been on Vicentes level, but he was by no means a small fish. Dude crossed a lot of dope for the Guzmanes and became a millionaire along the way. I didn't know he had been exiled for killing an important person out of anger at a party. Interesting read, thanks to chivis and the BB clan.

    5. 12:46 Vicente had big partners, that helps when you fight your case demanding your witnesses in the US government come to testify in your case, (not even in your behalf, under no threat of punishment, they won't come even at no risk to themselves, but they sure send help to their former partners, NOO?
      People better sit tight until new friendly skies allow their gigantic egos and planes fly again.

    6. What good is a million dollars when your spending all that time in prison

  6. Snitching beats a long prison sentence.

  7. You will never hear of Vicente again

  8. El trébol no le tocó buena suerte en esta... ni pedo arriba batopitos badiraguato

  9. The Americans dont fck around. They jail you so long you’ll wanna take your own life.

  10. Guzman kids are not backstabbing they just took out the traitors

  11. Back stabbers were damasos mencho and tito

  12. They can all learn something from El Chapo he is a real man he said nothing turned nobody in. Took his time like a champ.

    1. I think you’re confusing El chapo with EL MOCHOMO..... he’s the true OG.... no court or nothing.... he just said I’m guilty of everything..... His brother EL BOTAS BLANCAS, another true OG.....!went out blasting...... did not throw his hands up I. The air and slowed him self to get coughs, did not hide behind a young woman a twin children girls, unlike a dude named “EL CHUPO”........

  13. He took his sentencing like a man should just like his dad did. Don’t get it twisted Trebol was no small fish he’s the son of a Big timer. Mini lic what a scum just like his dad and I’m wondering how long is Arley Perez gonna be on the run he can’t step foot in Culiacán.


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