The drug trafficker did not complete his sentence as a result of his extensive cooperation with US authorities, which began in May 2013 when he pleaded guilty.
The United States handed over to Mexico on Monday the drug trafficker Eduardo Arellano Félix, former head of the Tijuana cartel, who was released last week from a Pennsylvania jail, the Mexican Prosecutor’s Office reported.
“A few minutes ago, at the Matamoros Brownsville International Bridge, it was handed over to the FGR (Office of the Attorney General of the Republic) and the Secretary of National Defense Eduardo” A, “the Public Ministry explained in a statement.
According to the brief message from the Prosecutor’s Office, “an arrest warrant for organized crime and other crimes was executed” against Arellano Félix, known as “the Doctor.”
The Mexican drug trafficker was released on August 18 from a federal prison in Pennsylvania where he was serving a 15-year sentence on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to use illicit profits in the United States.
The 64-year-old Mexican did not complete his sentence as a result of his extensive cooperation with US authorities, which began in May 2013 when he pleaded guilty.
#ALMOMENTO | Eduardo Arellano Félix, exjefe del #CárteldeTijuana, fue deportado a #México desde #EUA a través del puente internacional de #Matamoros, #Tamaulipas, rodeado de un fuerte dispositivo de seguridad pic.twitter.com/ul6B4i97CU
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Part of the agreement with the government in accepting his guilt included that he be convicted of only two of the seven charges he was charged with when he was extradited from Mexico in August 2012.
Upon leaving prison, he was taken into the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) pending deportation.
Later, in a statement, the FGR indicated that the Specialized Prosecutor for organized crime, in charge of managing and obtaining the arrest warrant, completed it and proceeded to place Arellano Félix at the disposal of the judge in the Altiplano prison, in the central State of Mexico.
The Arellano Félix brothers’ cartel monopolized drug trafficking routes for more than 20 years through Tijuana, in northwestern Mexico.
The group’s former leader, Benjamín Arellano Félix, was extradited from Mexico in April 2011 and sentenced to 25 years in prison in a federal court in San Diego in April 2012, while Francisco Javier Arellano Félix is serving a life sentence after his capture in 2006 by the US Coast Guard.
Llega Eduardo Arellano Félix, ex jefe del Cártel de Tijuana a penal de Almoloya
El narcotraficante fue entregado por agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas de EUA a la Fiscalía General de la República.
Foto: Jesús Mejía pic.twitter.com/FKNoxsgQod
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