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Mexican Cartel Queen Pleads Guilty in Miami to Major Drug Trafficking

Image: Mexican Cartel Queen Pleads Guilty in Miami to Major Drug Trafficking 2007 police mug shot of Sandra Avila Beltran, an alleged drug trafficker known as the "Queen of the Pacific."

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 02:59 PM

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Mexican cartel queen Sandra Avila Beltran has pleaded guilty in Miami to charges arising from a major cocaine trafficking case.

Court records show Beltran, called the Mexican cartel queen, pleaded guilty Tuesday to being an accessory after the fact in an organization that included Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez. He was her boyfriend at the time.

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Espinosa was a former liaison between Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and Colombia's Norte Valle cartel. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to cocaine trafficking charges.

A statement signed by Avila, who was known as the "Queen of the Pacific," says she provided money to Espinosa for travel and lodging so he could evade arrest by authorities between 2002 and 2004.

The 52-year-old Avila faces a maximum of 15 years in prison at a July 25 sentencing hearing.

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