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Saturday, January 20, 2024

La Línea Leader 'El 80' Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking in US Courtroom

"Anonymous" for Borderland Beat

Carlos Arturo Quintana, 41, alias El Ochenta and/or El 80

Mexican drug lord Carlos Arturo Quintana has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the United States. Per sentencing guidelines he faces a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Quintana, the former leader of La Linea, the armed wing of the old Juárez Cartel, will remain in U.S. custody until his sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Quintana started working for La Línea when it was an enforcer group of the old Juarez Cartel, but it quickly expanded into a larger leadership dissolutions in the mid-2010s. Quintana assumed leadership of La Linea in 2015 after the arrest of Jesús Salas Aguayo, alias El Chuyin, but was himself arrested in 2018 and later extradited in 2022.

Court case

On July 23, 2015, a federal grand jury issued a revised indictment involving Carlos Arturo Quintana and 10 co-conspirators. Court documents reveal that in March 2011, a confidential informant (CI) and a second person placed an order for 600 kilograms of marijuana with Elmy Hermosillo Trujillo.

Trujillo was recognized as the individual coordinating large-scale marijuana acquisitions for the Juarez Cartel. The cartel is notorious for trafficking substantial amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and various illegal drugs into the United States annually, especially from the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso border area.

From its inception, the cartel primarily engaged in drug trafficking, but over time, it diversified its criminal operations to include activities such as human trafficking, arms trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and large-scale theft of commercial gasoline from the Mexican government.

Around March 19, 2011, the confidential informant (CI) and another person, along with additional co-conspirators, encountered Quintana in Gomez Farias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Quintana, clad in a police uniform and driving a marked police vehicle, was joined by other uniformed officers. In the course of this meeting, Quintana and his colleagues transported the 600 kilograms of marijuana using a dump truck. Subsequently, the CI and the other individual affixed a GPS tracking device to the marijuana.

Around March 26, 2011, based on the data received from the GPS tracker, the marijuana was identified at a drug storage facility in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Mexican law enforcement conducted a search of the premises, leading to a shootout that caused one individual's death, the apprehension of three co-conspirators, and the escape of others. During this operation, authorities seized the marijuana, along with various firearms, radios, and cell phones.

Quintana, recognized as the Police Chief of Namiquipa and the Plaza Boss of the Juarez Cartel, was extradited to the United States in August 2022.

In his plea agreement, Quintana acknowledged his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute 600 kilograms of marijuana in Mexico from February 2011 to March 2011. He admitted awareness that the marijuana would be unlawfully imported into the United States.

At sentencing, Quintana faces not less than five years nor more than 40 years in prison. Raul Corella-Hernandez, Marco Antonio Guzman-Zuniga, Elmy Hermosillo Trujillo, Jorge Olivas Nevarez, Jorge Adrian Ortega-Gallegos, and Guadalupe A Prieto remain fugitives.

Sources: DOJ Press Release; Third Superseding Indictment; Plea Agreement; Borderland Beat Archives

18 comments:

  1. El 80 era el bueno para traficar.

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  2. Always happy to see you active and well, old friend... Hope 2024 is a prosperous year for both you and your loved ones! 🦉

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  3. Weed is legal or quasi legal in most of the US. 30 days maybe the most he should get for trying to evade taxes on the weed!

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    1. Never ever mess with the IRS. They want their share!

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  4. 100K weed shops up and down the west coast and they have to go to Mexico to arrest a Mexican for trafficking weed! Too funny!

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    1. Hey lil nuts where have you been hiding?
      Whatup man, I am in the house, Sol is my buddy, he works his ass off everyday.

      Rubio NYC

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    2. I don’t know who 501 is. But I don’t go around disrespecting people here. I like and want good karma in my life. And I rather get along with people here so that I can learn more. So whoever you are I’m glad NUTS didn’t bother to respond. And I don’t kiss my own ass either.

      Rubio NYC

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    3. Funny shit man,someone impersonating the rubio guy lmao

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  5. He will be free his time will be retroactive to 2018

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  6. He’s gonna do around 6 years. Trafficking marijuana is a slap on the wrist compared to all the other things. It’s still bs considering how it’s already legal as a recreational substance in many states.

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  7. Weed shops legal in Chicago, they call them Canabis Dispensary stores. Gummies, cookies, soda pop, brownies all with THC in the products, all legal. They sell joints that are infused with 100% THC concentrate.

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  8. Prosecutors may not have charged him with plaza boss crimes, because they didn't have that case00 but they may detail to the judge that he was responsible for killings and torture, and enforcement activities, to ask for a longer sentence. if he actually was. If he was Linea leader, my guess is he was.

    but yeah if this is all they have, he'd be back in Juarez in like 7 years or less

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  9. EL pariente la va librar en unos 3 anos , not bad considering he is a boss down in juarez..... Arriba mexico hijosdesupinche sushi Madre!!!

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    1. Rubio what Pariente are you talking about? CDS or CDJ?

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  10. He must not really call the shots how they claim

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  11. That dude has dead eyes.

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