U.S. Sentences Mexican Drug Cartel Manager

Brownsville, Texas -- A federal court has sentenced a Mexican cartel manager for conspiring to possess and import cocaine and marijuana. The US Attorney’s office prosecuted the case in the south Texas town of Brownsville, near the Texas-Mexico border.

The cartel boss, 41-year-old Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon, reportedly rose from being a trusted aide of top cartel leaders to a plaza boss controlling multiple smuggling routes across the Rio Grande river into Texas.

US Border Patrol agents captured Rincon-Rincon last October. The US Attorney’s office stated that Rincon-Rincon had overseen the smuggling of 1,100 pounds of marijuana into Texas and also collected taxes or fees from other drug shipments.

Rincon-Rincon did not testify and faces 10 years to life in prison for the two charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 7, 2013.


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