The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A U.S. judge sentenced the former number two leader of the Tijuana drug cartel, Eduardo Arellano Felix, to 15 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to money laundering.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said Arellano’s crimes had “terrible effects … And for that, you should be ashamed.”

Arellano Felix entered a guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors under which he also agreed to pay $50 million.

Known as “the Doctor,” the 56-year-old Arellano Felix is a brother of the founder of the Tijuana cartel, based across the border from San Diego.

He was arrested after a firefight with Mexican authorities in October 2008 and extradited to the United States a year ago.

He had initially pleaded “not guilty,” but changed his plea in May.

His brothers Eduardo, Francisco Javier and Benjamin Arellano Felix are all serving prison terms in the United States.

Burns backed a request by defense attorneys that Arrellano Felix be imprisoned in Florida with his brother Benjamin, the leader of the cartel during its heydey in the 1990s.

The group once dominated the smuggling of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs between Mexico and California, and was the inspiration for the Steven Soderbergh movie “Traffic.”

Weakened by arrests, the cartel is now thought to be run by the brothers’ sister Enedina and her son Fernando, known as “The Engineer.”

Violence linked to drug trafficking and organized crime has left more than 70,000 dead in Mexico over the past six years.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jimmy Kimmel Discuss baby Formula Shortage

Image Via YouTube

Jimmy Kimmel opened by weighing in on the national shortage of baby formula, which has left many parents scrambling for solutions. “I don’t know – I’m sure the ivermectin and bleach people could figure this out for us,” Kimmel quipped. “Just mix you up some Gatorade and some baby powder, throw in some breakfast sausage and it blends it up real good, the baby should be fine."

He made sure to point out, however, the utter hypocrisy of our right-wing Supreme Court majority forcing women to have babies in times of massive economic insecurity. You know, like a freaking shortage of baby formula! But hey, it's all about worshipping the fetus and hating the actual child for these Taliban Republicans.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}