They give 70 years in prison in Texas to two Mexican brothers who belonged to the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel

One of the defendants was the head of a CJNG cell in Dallas.

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Two brothers linked to Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) were sentenced to a combined 70 years in federal prison for crimes of drug trafficking and money launderingannounced the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton.

Pedro Hernandez Zaratea 45-year-old Mexican citizen and his brother Ricardo Hernandez Zarate33, were criminally charged in March 2021, according to a statement issued by the US Attorney's Office.

Ricardo pleaded guilty in February 2022 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering, for which was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

For his part, Pedro pleaded guilty in November 2021 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, receiving a 30-year sentence.

“The FBI, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, was able to successfully disrupt the illegal activities of individuals affiliated with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. This removal of large amounts of methamphetamine from our streets makes our communities safer from narcotics,” said FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Dallas James J. Dwyer.

“We will continue to work collaboratively to prosecute and dismantle the individuals and organizations that traffic and distribute narcotics in our communities,” he added.

According to the testimony of the Court, Pedro helped coordinate the transfer of approximately 112 liquid gallons of methamphetaminean amount with a street value of more than $9.9 million, to co-defendants who planned to transport her from Texas to Oklahoma.

The liquid methamphetamine, which arrived in Dallas in the diesel tank of a tractor-trailer before being transferred to a storage tank, was seized by police in Gainesville, Texas. Agents linked the methamphetamine shipment to the CJNG, one of the two largest and most dangerous drug cartels in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Roberto acted as head of a cell in the Dallas area, sourcing methamphetamine from two suppliers in Mexico.. He also instructed his people to deliver the drugs to other parts of Texas. In this case, eight other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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