Tijuana cartel leader pleads guilty

Tijuana cartel leader pleads guilty


SAN DIEGO — One of four brothers who ran Tijuana’s notorious Arellano Felix drug cartel for nearly 20 years pleaded guilty in San Diego Friday to federal charges of conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to invest illicit drug proceeds.

Eduardo Arellano Felix, 56, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 19.

“I’m proud to say this is the end of an era,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “When this ruthless cartel was thriving in the 1990s, we made what some considered an audacious and impossible commitment to wipe out the organization. Today, we can say we have done just that.”

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns told the defendant that he would be deported to Mexico once he serves his time in a U.S. prison. He also agreed to forfeit up to $50 million in money and other assets obtained through illegal drug…

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