Mexican drug lord pleads guilty in US federal court Jaime Jansen at 8:12 AM ET
[JURIST] Mexican drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano Felix [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty [press release] in the US District Court for the Southern District of California [official website] Monday to running a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money. Prosecutors alleged that Arellano Felix helped run the Arellano Felix cartel [PBS backgrounder], based out of Tijuana, Mexico, which became notorious for its aggressive and ruthless behavior and brought hundreds of tons of marijuana and cocaine into the US. The plea agreement, which came after officials in Washington, DC agreed not to pursue the death penalty, calls for Arellano Felix to forfeit $50 million and a yacht.
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