Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the “Queen of the Pacific”, appeared in federal court today in Miami after her extradition from Mexico and listened to the two charges against her for cocaine trafficking from 1999 to 2004.
Dressed in khaki prison uniform and loose hair, Avila Beltran confirmed her identity and age, 51 years, with the support of a court translator.
“I do not know,” Avila Beltran replied in Spanish when Judge John O’Sullivan asked if she knew the reasons why she was before a U.S. court.
The indictment included as co-defendants Leyner, Victor and Dario Valencia Espinosa Villegas Gadeer Cifuentes, Ramon Alberto Mejia Orozco and Sandra Avila Beltran and Julio Beltran.
Avila Beltran is accused of conspiring to import into the United States up to five kilograms of a controlled substance with detectable amounts of cocaine between 1999 and 2004.
The second claim is similar, but the group is charged with attempting to distribute five kilograms of cocaine during the same period.
In the document, the federal prosecutor for southern Florida argues that the charges are made for the purpose of confiscating any property of the accused.
The Mexican government announced the delivery and extradition to the U.S. authorities of Ávila Beltrán after a two and half years, in which the alleged drug dealer tried to prevent his transfer to U.S. soil.
Judge Sullivan scheduled the hearing arraignment on Tuesday 14 August, then set a bond hearing. Although Avila Beltran is entitled to a public defender, she was reported to have her own lawyer.
- Alleged Woman Drug Boss Sent From Mexico to US (abcnews.go.com)
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- Sandra Avila Beltran, drug ‘Queen of the Pacific,’ extradited to U.S. to face trafficking charges (rawstory.com)