US court sentences member of the Sinaloa Cartel to 15 years in prison

Roberto Gallegos-Lechuga, a member of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, was sentenced by a United States court to 188 months in prison (more than 15 years) for overseeing the smuggling of large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to US soil, the Justice Department reported Tuesday.

The 39-year-old drug trafficker was sentenced in federal court for the Southern District of California after being extradited from Mexico to the United States in March 2020 and pleading guilty to having conspired to carry out money laundering internationally.

According to court documents, Gallegos-Lechuga coordinated drug trafficking through southern California border ports of entry and supervised the messengers in charge of smuggling hundreds of thousands of dollars obtained from the drug trafficking business from the US to Mexico.

The attorney general of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Kenneth Polite, stressed in the note that his country will prosecute “with the full weight of the law” those who introduce drugs into the United States and finance these activities with money laundering. .

“I want to thank the Government of Mexico for the extradition of Gallegos-Lechuga to the US Through this type of collaboration we will continue to dismantle the dangerous drug cartels,” he said.

The Justice Department indicated that seven other defendants have pleaded guilty in this same case and have already been sentenced. They are joined by eight other people who have reached plea agreements with the US and have been convicted in related cases.

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