Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sandra Avila Beltrán-La Reina del Pacifico Sentenced to be Deported

Sandra Avila Beltrán-La Reina del Pacifico
Miami, Florida. - The Mexican drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran, known as "La Reina del Pacifico" or "Queen of the Pacific," was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Miami to 70 months in prison for advising another drug lord, but the judge counted her time already served in Mexico and she will be deported soon.

Judge Michael Moore sentenced Avila Beltran to 70 months in prison, five years and eight months in prison, but took into account the nearly five years of imprisonment which has already been served in Mexico as well as the over 11 months which she has been jailed in Florida since her extradition from Mexico last year.

Avila Beltran, 52 years old, was a prominent figure of the Sinaloa cartel, reached a plea deal so she was only convicted of a single charge: Advising a drug dealer to evade justice, referring to her former partner, Colombian Juan Diego Espinosa, aka "El Tigre", a key figure between the Sinaloa Cartel and el Norte  del Valle in Colombia.

"It's been  70 months since, September 28, 2007, the time she was imprisoned in Mexico, so starting next week  she could be released," said Stephen Ralls, Avila Beltran's lawyer.  Once she heard the statement,  "Queen of the Pacific," in a prisoner's beige uniform and leg shackles, smiled at the sentence.  She will leave under the orders from U.S. immigration services in the coming days then be deported to Mexico. "We hope this process will take about a month," said the defense attorney in spanish working in Arizona.

Source: OEM