Ex-car­tel mem­ber sen­tenced in U.S.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LAREDO, Texas — Pros­e­cu­tors said a for­mer high-rank­ing mem­ber of the Ze­tas car­tel in Mex­ico will serve 30 years in a U.S. prison and for­feit $10 mil­lion for his drug-re­lated crimes.

Ivan Ve­lasquez-Ca­ballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mex­ico, was sen­tenced Fri­day by a fed­eral judge in Laredo, Texas. Of­fi­cials say the 47-year-old Ve­lasquez-Ca­ballero is ex­pected to face de­por­ta­tion af­ter his re­lease from prison.

Ve­lasquez-Ca­ballero, known in Mex­ico as “El Tali­van,” agreed to plead guilty in 2014 to con­spir­acy to pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute con­trolled sub­stances and con­spir­acy to laun­der mon­e­tary in­stru­ments.

Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties in 2012 ar­rested Ve­lasquez-Ca­ballero in the north­ern city of San Luis Po­tosi and ex­tra­dited him to south Texas on drug-re­lated charges.

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