The Attorney General’s Office said the alleged drug trafficker will be prosecuted for committing conspiracy
WASHINGTON, Sergio Villarreal Barragan, aka El Grande, which was charged today in a Texas court after his extradition from Mexico, faces four charges of selling drugs and possible confiscation of up to $ 100 million.
Villarreal Barragán, an alleged operator of the Beltran Leyva cartel in the American union, was accused by the U.S. government of conspiring to distribute, import and possess more than five kilograms of cocaine between January 2006 and September 2010.
The fourth count corresponds to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in the Southern District of Texas during the same period, according to the document obtained by Notimex.
The indictment was originally presented on November 23, 2010 in Laredo Division of the Court in Texas, but remained under seal until this year.
Federal prosecutors also issued a notice of criminal forfeiture of the defendant properties from the first three charges.
U.S. calls for the forfeiture of any property purchased from the profits of their drug trafficking activities, or any property for up to $ 100 million.
In this framework, the Department of Justice upheld the legal custody of Villarreal Barragán, after the initial versions of the accused was held by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“He was extradited to the United States last night and made his initial appearance in the Southern District of Texas this morning,” said the spokeswoman Justice Department, Alisa Finelli.
The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) said yesterday that the alleged drug trafficker will be prosecuted for committing conspiracy against health and money laundering.
According to research cited by the U.S. authorities PGR, the extradition was a member of a group dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering cartel Arturo Beltran Leyva between 2007 and 2010.
Villarreal Barragan participated in the transfer of millions of U.S. dollars, derived from the illegal sale of narcotics abroad, according to such investigations.
“El Grande, ” remained in the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center 2 West, in Texas, since December 2011 when the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) had been met, the provisional arrest for extradition issued by a federal court.
The delivery operation took place on Tuesday at the International Airport of Mexico City, where the AFI gave Sergio Villarreal elements Marshals Service U.S..