MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican crime lord Jorge Costilla Sanchez was sentenced to life in jail in a U.S. federal courtroom on Thursday for his involvement in trafficking marijuana and cocaine to america, the Justice Division mentioned.
Costilla, additionally recognized by his nickname “El Coss,” was head of the Gulf Cartel and certainly one of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s most-wanted criminals throughout his clampdown on medication.
He was captured by Mexican forces in 2012 and introduced to the media alongside a spectacular show of gold-encrusted weapons and jewellery. He was extradited in 2015 to america, which on the time provided a $5 million reward for his arrest.
“This was a protracted, however crucial case to the district and particularly our companions in Brownsville,” mentioned U.S. Lawyer Jennifer B. Lowery. “The life sentence speaks for itself. Justice has now been served,” Lowery added.
Costilla, 51, was answerable for shifting some 10,000 kilograms of cocaine and 140,000 kilograms of marijuana to america, the Justice Division mentioned.
“Costilla-Sanchez introduced poison to our communities, and our collaborative efforts with our native and federal companions introduced him to jail,” mentioned Particular Agent in Cost Daniel C. Comeaux of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Houston Division, celebrating the sentence.
“We’ll proceed to aggressively go after any drug trafficking group eager to revenue from our communities,” mentioned Comeaux.
Costilla was a police officer within the Mexican border city of Matamoros earlier than main the cartel – also called CDG for its initials in Spanish – after its former boss, Osiel Cardenas, was arrested, based on authorities.
His sentence comes a day after Mexico’s decrease home voted to increase the policing powers of the nation’s military till 2028, in a bid to tamp down on rising violence.
Human rights organizations have decried the invoice, which nonetheless have to be handed by the senate, on account of fears it may set off abuses by the state.