SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30 .- Rigoberto Yanez Guerrero, Mexican cartel lieutenant of the Arellano Felix, was sentenced today in San Diego, California (United States), to 16 years in prison for his role in coordinating shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, with a final destination in the U.S..
According to federal prosecutor Joseph Green, Yanez Guerrero, 42, nicknamed “El Primo” was the main coordinator of the cartel in Mexico City from 1995 to 2001 and was the main point of contact with Colombian traffickers.
District Judge Larry Burns, issued the sentence Monday against Yanez Guerrero, who according to the allegations coordinated shipments of between five and ten tons of cocaine, air and sea.
Yanez Guerrero, who pleaded guilty last July and faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, was extradited to the U.S. in 2010 after waiting for his trial since his arrest in 2001.
In early January, Benjamin Arellano Felix pled guilty in federal court on charges of conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy as part of a plea deal that spared him a trial and to bring a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
According to the indictment, Yanez Guerrero was one of the leaders of the Arellano Felix cartel responsible for control and the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs across the Mexican Border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali into the United States.
In addition to his prison term, Yanez accepted the seizure of nearly a million dollars from their criminal activities.
Yanez Guerrero comes from a long list of leaders of the Arellano Felix cartel have been arrested and are behind bars in America.
According to the authorities, the cartel of the Arellano Felix brothers controlled Benjamin, Eduardo, Javier and Ramon, monopolized the drug trafficking routes for over 20 years through Tijuana until the death of Ramon in 2002 and the Javier’s capture in 2006.