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Sinaloa Cartel operatives sentenced to prison in Southern District of California

Added 01-18-22 11:23:01am EST - “A major drug trafficker and money launderer for the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to 188 months in prison for supervising the smuggling of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico into the…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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A major drug trafficker and money launderer for the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to 188 months in prison for supervising the smuggling of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico into the U.S. through Southern California and smuggling drug proceeds back to Mexico.

His prison term follows the sentencing of at least 27 others involved in a transnational drug trafficking and money laundering scheme and after a local law enforcement effort last year resulted in the biggest drug bust in southern California history.

The Department of Justice reports that Roberto Gallegos-Lechuga, 39, of Sinaloa, Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit international money laundering in July 2021. With the help of Mexican authorities, he was arrested and extradited from Mexico to the U.S. in March 2020.

Gallegos-Lechuga coordinated the smuggling of large quantities of illegal narcotics through ports of entry in Southern California, according to court documents.

“He also supervised and managed couriers who smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash at a time, from the illegal sale of drugs, from the United States to Mexico as part of the cartel’s ongoing efforts to promote drug trafficking,” the DOJ states in a news release.

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