The leader of the Tijuana cartel has been convicted of federal charges in a San Diego courthouse. Benjamin Arellano-Felix pled guilty to federal racketeering and money-laundering conspiracy charges, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plea agreement contains a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. The typical sentence for a case of this nature would have been a life sentence; his brother Javier Arellano- Felix is serving such a sentence. Benjamin had been extradited from Mexico and therefore could not receive the death penalty under the extradition agreement.
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