The Mexican drug trafficker Juan Jose Quintero Payan, considered one of the cofounders of the Juarez cartel, today received a reduced sentence of 18 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 in federal court in San Antonio, Texas .
Quintero-Payan, 69 years old, known by the alias “Don Juanjo ‘, was extradited from Mexico in April last year to face federal charges for drug trafficking that had been made in San Antonio for more than two decades .
The Mexican drug lord escaped trial after reaching a plea agreement to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.
At the hearing held in the building of the federal courts in San Antonio, the criminal apologized to American society.
Defense attorney Gerry Goldstein, said his client suffers from various diseases and requested that he be assigned a federal prison in Arizona or Southern California to serve his sentence.
In his plea agreement, the drug dealer is not recognized as such, but is described as the main force in a criminal enterprise that stretched from South America to the United States.
Quintero Payan admitted being involved in illegal activities from 1978 to 2002, even after being arrested in 1999.
According to official sources, Quintero Payan and other drug dealers took control of the Juarez cartel after the death of its leader, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, in 1997.