Mexican Cartel Boss Handed Life Sentence In US Court

Mexican drug lord Jorge Costilla Sanchez has been sentenced to life in prison on Thursday at a federal court in the United States for trafficking cocaine and marijuana across the border.

Jorge Costilla Sanchez has been sentenced to life behind bars in the United States
Jorge Costilla Sanchez has been sentenced to life behind bars in the United States

Jorge Costilla Sanchez, AKA "El Coss" was the leader of the Gulf Cartel and was once one of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon's most-wanted criminals.


In 2012, Costilla was captured by Mexican forces and paraded to the media alongside a huge display of jewelry and gold-encrusted guns.


In 2015, the drug lord was extradited to the United States, where he previously had a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.



US Attorney Jennifer Lowery said: "This was a long, but very important case to the district and especially our partners in Brownsville. "The life sentence speaks for itself. Justice has now been served."


The Justice Department said that the 51-year-old cartel boss was responsible for trafficking 10,000 kilograms of cocaine and 140,000 kilograms of marijuana to the United States.


DEA Special Agent Daniel Corneaux said: "Costilla-Sanchez brought poison to our communities, and our collaborative efforts with our local and federal partners brought him to prison. "We will continue to aggressively go after any drug trafficking organization wanting to profit from our communities"


Before becoming the leader of the Gulf Cartel, Costilla was a police officer in the Mexican border town of Matamoros.


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