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Texas-Born Mexican Cartel Boss Sentenced To Nearly 50 Years In Prison

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According to a report by Newser, a Texas-born man who prosecutors claim rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel by using ruthless violence was sentenced on Monday by a federal judge in Atlanta. Edgar Valdez Villarreal was sentenced to 49 years in prison and was ordered to hand over $192 million, which prosecutors claim is just a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez smuggled into the United States. The Associated Press reports that Valdez climbed the ranks of the Beltran Leyva cartel at a time when the gang’s leaders were associated with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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