Mexican Cartel ‘Queen’ Gets 70 Months In Plea Deal

MIAMI (AP) — An accused Mexican drug trafficker known as the “Queen of the Pacific” has been sentenced to 70 months in prison in federal court in Miami.

Attorney Stephen Ralls says Sandra Avila could be released and returned to Mexico in a month because of time already served. She was sentenced Thursday.

Avila was detained in Mexico City on Sept. 28, 2007, and extradited to the U.S. last year. She pleaded guilty in April to being an accessory after the fact in an organization that included Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez, her boyfriend at the time. Espinosa pleaded guilty in the U.S. in 2009 to cocaine trafficking charges.

Avila, who could have faced up to 15 years’ imprisonment, pleaded guilty under a plea bargain that credited her with time served since 2007.

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