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May 24, 2013 9:13 AM

Man Linked To Mexican Cartel Gets 16 Years

McALLEN - Prosecutors say a man who helped get loads of cocaine moved from Mexico to Texas has been sentenced to 16 years in a U.S. prison.

A federal judge in McAllen on Thursday sentenced Juan Oscar Garza-Alanis. He pleaded guilty in October 2011 to drug conspiracy and money laundering counts. His brother and his sister also pleaded guilty to those counts in what prosecutors say was a drug trafficking ring linked to Mexico's Gulf cartel.

Cantalicia Garza was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in a U.S. prison. Prosecutors say she had an accounting role in the drug ring. Josue Ruperto Garza awaits sentencing.

The three siblings were arrested in Reynosa, Mexico, in 2007. They were extradited to the U.S. the following year.


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