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Three major Mexican drug gangsters sentenced in San Diego

Three major figures in the Arellano-Felix narcotics cartel that used violence and bribery in its cocaine and marijuana empire have been given lengthy prison sentences in San Diego federal court, officials said.

On Monday, Jesus Labra-Aviles was sentenced to 40 years and Armando Martinez-Duarte to 18 years and four months. Last week, Jorge Aureliano Felix was sentenced to 30 years in prison. All had pleaded guilty to a variety of conspiracy and drug charges.

A fourth defendant in the case is set to be sentenced next month. The reputed gangsters were extradited to the U.S. in December 2008.

The cartel operates from the Tijuana-Mexicali region to smuggle drugs into the U.S., bribing Mexican officials and murdering rivals, according to court documents.

-- Tony Perry in Calexico, Calif.

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3 down thousand more waiting to take their place. The War on Drugs is a joke. The cost to treat the addicts is far less expensive than the War on Drugs. Prohibition of drugs is the cause of the drug wars in Mexico. It is time to end to prohibition of drugs. We can start by legzlizing cannabis in November.

Leon, I completely agree! Our government wastes SO much time and money on prosecuting illegal immigrants, only to keep them in our prisons wasting all of us US Citizens tax dollars. The best thing that can be done to help is to at least legalize cannabis. You don't see violent crimes, spousal abuse, auto accidents, etc in which the only cause is "marijunana intoxication". Come on folks....our State can make some tax money that we direly need and we can save money on ridiculous court cases if cannabis was legalized.

Legalizing drugs will not fix the problem but encourage it. People have to stop by their own will even though the threat may be near.Don't legalize marijuana because it will make more of a problem than its worth....keep it the same as it is now it keeps thousands of jobs rather than a few fat-cats dominating the industry.

legalizing marijuana would just make the situation worse, sure it would bring in more tax money,but for who? california? maybe for these greedy politicians in sac town, yes. How about they start off by not driving a gas guzling suv to every press conference and from home to the hotel to meet their hookers. legalize marijuana and you are going to have these gangbangers robbing dipenseries more than now and everyone else selling out their back door, since any one can get a medical marijuana card. You said the war on drugs is a joke.ok vote to legalize marijuana..lets see how things turn out in california if it passes. who are u going to buy your pot from then?

The law enforcment agencys do not want pot to be legalized, they will lose thousands of jobs!!


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