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'King of Heroin' sentenced for smuggling drugs from Mexico into California

April 14, 2011 | 11:32 am

A Mexican drug trafficker dubbed the “King of Heroin” has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for smuggling large quantities of the narcotic into the United States, according to news reports.

Officials from the Ventura County district attorney’s office, which prosecuted Jose Antonia Medina Arreguin, were not immediately available to provide details.

According to the Ventura County Star, Arreguin, 36, was sentenced Wednesday in Ventura County Superior Court after pleading guilty last month to conspiracy to possess heroin for sale.

Also known as Don Pepe, Arreguin arranged for drugs to be transported across the border into California in vehicles with secret compartments, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Netting up to $260,000 a week, the Mexican media gave him the moniker “The King of Heroin,” the news agency said.

Arreguin’s attorney, Mike McDonnell, told the court that his client -- a farmer who got involved with the heroin trade after being approached by a big-time dealer for a favor -- was sorry for his actions, the Ventura County Star reported.


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