July 25, 2013
Sandra Ávila Beltrán, “The Queen of the Pacific”, will not face criminal charges once she returns to Mexico. According to ministry sources, no arrest warrants, criminal investigations or criminal proceedings are related to Avila Beltran, so she will not detained upon her return to the country. Niece of drug trafficker Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, Ávila Beltrán was arrested in Mexico on September 28, 2007 when she was drinking coffee at restaurant south of Mexico City. She was extradited to the United States on August 9.
Judge Michael Moore sentenced Avila Beltran to 70 months in prison, equalling five years and eight months, but he took into account the nearly five years of imprisonment which she has already served in Mexico as well as the over 11 months which she has served in the Florida jail since her extradition from Mexico last August 9..
Avila Beltran, 52 years old, was a prominent figure of the Sinaloa cartel, previously reached a plea deal so she was only convicted of a single charge: Advising a drug dealer to evade justice, referring to her former partner, alleged boyfriend Colombian Juan Diego Espinosa, aka “El Tigre”, a key figure between the Sinaloa Cartel and El Norte del Valle in Colombia.
“It’s been 70 months since, September 28, 2007, the time she was imprisoned in Mexico, so starting as early as next week, she could be released,” said Stephen Ralls, Avila Beltran’s lawyer. Once she heard the statement, “Queen of the Pacific,” in a prisoner’s beige uniform and leg shackles, smiled at the sentence. She will leave under the orders from U.S. immigration services in the coming days then be deported to Mexico. “We hope this process will be fast,” said the defense attorney in spanish working in Arizona.