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Ex-Mexican cartel leader sentenced to 30 years in U.S. prison

Juan Francisco Sáenz Tamez, 23, was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Beaumont, Texas, on drug and money laundering convictions.

He was arrested in October 2014 during a shopping trip to Texas. (Photo: Archive )
English 30/06/2015 19:26 AP Actualizada 19:26

A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel has been sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined US$100 million.

Juan Francisco Sáenz Tamez was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Beaumont, Texas, on drug and money laundering convictions.

Sáenz Tamez is a 23-year-old resident of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas. He was arrested in October 2014 during a shopping trip to Texas.

Sáenz Tamez pleaded guilty in January to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say Sáenz Tamez was responsible for shipping at least half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana into the U.S. Investigators believe the drug cartel laundered US$100 million.

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