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Eduardo Arellano Félix, one of the former leaders of the Arellano Félix drug cartel, has been sentenced to a 15 year federal prison term on Monday, August 19. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns at the San Diego federal courthouse. Arellano Félix pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to launder money and invest illicit drug proceeds.

Eduardo was arrested on October 25, 2008, in Mexico. He is believed to have been in charge of much of the financial structure of the organization. The judge stated that despite Eduardo not being directly involved in kidnappings and killings, that he still played an integral part of the cartels structure and methods.

Despite claims by law enforcement officials and some media outlets, Eduardo is not the last remaining Arellano Félix brother who was involved in the organization. Multiple brothers, a sister, and other family members are still at large, either evading arrest or whom have been released from prison.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Eduardo will also forfeit $50 million in illegal proceeds.


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