Manuel Ocaño, correspondent for Notimex San Diego.
The last of the Arellano Felix brothers will be tried in the U.S. tomorrow
The eldest brother, Francisco Rafael, was sent to San Diego in September 2006. He was the first major Mexican drug lord to be extradited
The Justice Department on Tuesday presented before a court in San Diego Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of the five brothers who founded the cartel with his surname in U.S. courts face.
Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of the five brothers will be put on trial starting Tuesday
Eduardo Arellano Felix is charged with conspiracy, trafficking tons of cocaine and marijuana and money laundering, according to official information.
Extradited from Mexico last week, Eduardo, 55, is the last of five brothers who founded the Tijuana drug gang face justice in U.S., except Ramon, who was killed in a shootout in Sinaloa in February 2002.
Francisco Javier El Tigrillo, the youngest brother, was captured at sea off coast of Baja California Sur by the U.S. Coast Guard on August 24, 2006 and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in San Diego on 6 November 2007.
The eldest brother, Francisco Rafael, was extradited to San Diego in September 2006, after spending ten years in a prison in Mexico. It was the first major Mexican drug lord to be extradited to the United States.
Francisco Rafael, 62, has been in all the Arellano Felix brothers who faced lesser charges in San Diego, just to attempt to sell nine ounces (about 258 grams) of cocaine to an undercover agent.
The drug dealer has pleaded not guilty, was tried, and he gave the U.S. authorities on the border between El Paso (Texas) and Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua), on February 2, 2008. As he had already served his sentence in Mexico was released.
Benjamin The Min , 58, was extradited to California on November 29, 2011. Under an agreement with federal prosecutors he avoided a potential sentence of 150 years was sentenced to 25 years in prison and $ 100 million for the Treasury.
He was returned to Mexico to finish serving his sentence of 22 years in prison, of which he had already served 17.