May 14, 2013 6:36 PM by Associated Press
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.
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