Wednesday, a drug trafficker pled guilty to an international cocaine trafficking scheme.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California revealed that Raul Flores-Hernandez, also known as El Tio, 70, ran a Jalisco State, Mexico-based narcotics trafficking network that smuggled cocaine into the United States from the 1980s through 2017.
The spokesperson stated that Flores-Hernandez utilised business contacts to carry cocaine from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia to Mexican ports, and then transported the narcotics by land into the United States.
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The United States collaborated with Mexican authorities to apprehend and extradite Flores-Hernandez from Mexico to the United States, the spokeswoman continued. He was taken into custody in July 2017 and extradited in February 2021.
Flores-Hernandez pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilogrammes of cocaine in the United States. On June 14, he is set to be sentenced and faces a maximum of life in prison.
“A federal district court judge will determine the punishment after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors,” the spokeswoman explained.
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