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Alleged drug cartel operator faces money laundering charges

Publish date: 22 August 2013
Issue Number: 378
Diary: Legalbrief Forensic
Category: Crime

Alleged drug cartel operator Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the 'Queen of the Pacific', was returned to Mexico from the US on Tuesday and quickly taken to prison to face money-laundering charges, according to a report in The Washington Post.

It notes the Attorney-General's Office said she had been whisked off to a prison in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit to await trial on the money-laundering charge. She was given a quick medical checkup at the airport, where she arrived on a chartered flight that flew in migrants being repatriated to Mexico from El Paso, Texas, according to the report which states Avila (52) has been in custody since 2007 when she was charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs and organised crime. A Mexican judge acquitted her of those charges in December 2010, but she remained in custody and was extradited to the US a year ago. Full report in The Washington Post