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Mexican Drug Boss Sentenced to Life in US Prison, $529 Million Fine

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 6, 2017, 1:00 pm
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Alfredo Beltran Leyva, “El Mochomo”, must pay a USD $529 million fine for trafficking drugs to the United States (Twitter).

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Alfredo Beltran Leyva, best known as “El Mochomo”, one of the leaders and founders of Mexico‘s Beltrán Leyva cartel, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must pay a fine worth USD $529 million in United States court.

Beltran Leyva was captured on January 21st, 2008 by special forces of the Mexican Army and on August 24th, 2012 was charged with the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States.

He was extradited on November 15th, 2014 to the United States, and was convicted on February 23th, 2016 by Judge Richard J. Leon of the District of Columbia, who on Wednesday issued the sentence.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice said that Beltran Leyva spent more than a decade importing tons of cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States.

“Through close cooperation with our foreign counterparts, the United States brought this international drug trafficker to justice, significantly interrupted the flow of narcotics into the United States and stopped the tide of destruction caused by this violent cartel,” the prosecutor said

The drug trafficker acknowledged that both he and his organization obtained drugs from South American suppliers and that their cartel coordinated the transportation of illegal substances to Mexico by air, land, and sea.

When the drugs arrived to Mexico, the Beltran Leyva cartel transported them to key areas, which included Culiacan and Sinaloa, which were also pivotal financial hubs for the multi-million dollar business.

In the ruling, US authorities showed that the cartel used weapons and committed acts of violence, including murders, kidnappings, torture, and collected drug debts in order to finance the importation of illicit substances.

Mexico has waged a longstanding battle with cartels, which has unleashed a wave of violence, particularly on the country’s Pacific Coast.

Source: Milenio

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Lost her Temper at the OAS Permanent Council

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 5, 2017, 4:26 pm
Delcy Rodriguez OAS

EspañolThe Organization of American States (OAS) is currently holding a session of its Permanent Council to discuss the current crisis in Venezuela. Delcy Rodríguez, the Venezuela's Foreign Minister, made a series of controversial statements which solicited a strong response from Paraguay. During her speech, Rodríguez claimed that "international organizations harass and seek to intervene in Venezuela while they remain silent about the problems of other nations such as those seen in Paraguay today." She was referring to the strong protests that have emerged in Paraguay after the senate voted to approve a presidential reelection, which was previously forbidden by the constitution. Read More: Venezuelan Regime's Repression is "Brutal": OAS Head Almagro Read More: Bolivian President Claims OAS Staged "Coup" to Hold Venezuela Meeting The Paraguayan representative, Elisa Ruiz Diaz, made it clear that her country "is subject to scrutiny and there is dialogue between all parties." "My country is subject to international scrutiny, unlike your country, and at the moment a dialogue is being carried out between all parties in the country, also unlike your country. So measure your words," she said. Venezuela's Rodríguez replied sharply: "You should reduce your hysteria and insult (OAS) Secretary (General) (Luis) Almagro instead. Venezuela is not under anyone's command. So I also ask you for respect." Rodríguez intervention also demanded that Secretary General Almagro resign, blaming him for "the violence that the opposition has carried out in Venezuela." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); On Monday, April 3, most OAS countries adopted a consensus resolution to apply the organization's Democratic Charter against Venezuela. The measure came as a response to the Maduro regime's coup d'état against the National Assembly by means of the Supreme Court, which usurped parliamentary powers arbitrarily. Rodríguez claimed that the Venezuelan government should apply the Democratic Charter since the opposition, headed by Congressman Freddy Guevara, intends to "overthrow" President Nicolás Maduro by means of the National Assembly. Guevara immediately replied on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FreddyGuevaraC/status/849653221425639425 Tweet: I was informed that Foreign Minister Rodríguez is accusing me and the OAS of wanting to remove the government. Of course I want to! Unlike you, we'll do it without violence. Source: Caraota Digital

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