Wednesday, April 24, 2013



Mexican cartel 'queen' pleads guilty in US case
The Associated Press
Posted: 04/24/2013 09:27:55 AM MDT

MIAMI—A Mexican woman known as a drug cartel queen has pleaded guilty
in Miami to charges arising from a major cocaine trafficking case.
Court records show that Sandra Avila Beltran pleaded guilty Tuesday
to being an accessory after the fact in an organization once headed
by Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez. He was her boyfriend at the time.
Espinosa is the former leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. He pleaded
guilty in 2009 to cocaine trafficking charges.
A statement signed by Avila, who was known as the "Queen of the
Pacific," says she provided money to Espinosa for travel and lodging
so he could evade arrest by authorities between 2002 and 2004.
The 52-year-old Avila faces a maximum of 15 years in prison at a July
25 sentencing hearing.

4 teens caught allegedly smuggling $90K of heroin into US
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 12:24 PM MST Updated: Apr 24, 2013 12:27 PM MST
By FOX 10 News - Staff Report

Four teenage girls were caught trying to smuggle heroin
through the Nogales border on Monday.
NOGALES, Ariz. -

Four teenage girls were caught trying to smuggle heroin through the
Nogales border on Monday.

A commercial shuttle was going through the I-19 Border Patrol
checkpoint and was referred for inspection.

Border Patrol agents say a 15-year-old passenger was acting nervously
during questioning and when they got consent to search her bags, they
found bundles of heroin. Agents searched the three other 15 to 17-
year-old passengers and allegedly found bundles of heroin tucked into
the their waistbands.

A total of 7.75 pounds of heroin worth $90,000 was recovered.

The teens were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Border Patrol says transnational criminal organizations are going to
extreme lengths, like using teenagers, to bring illegal drugs into
the U.S.

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