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May 14, 2013 6:36 PM by Associated Press

Gulf Cartel Manager Draws Life Term in South Texas Drug Case

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A boss of the Mexican Gulf cartel has been given a life sentence for a drug smuggling and distribution conspiracy prosecutors said brought more than a half ton of marijuana into Texas each week.

A federal judge in Brownsville sentenced Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon on Tuesday to the maximum penalty provided by law. A federal jury deliberated for two hours before finding him guilty in September of charges that he conspired to import and distribute marijuana and cocaine.

Rincon-Rincon didn't testify, and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defense. However, prosecutors say he told investigators how much of a percentage he got from the sale of each kilogram of marijuana that crossed the border from his territory.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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