December 18, 2014
A judge has sentenced one of seven brothers behind Mexico's Arellano Felix (ah-RAY'-ah-no FAY'-leeks) drug cartel to serve six years in a U.S. prison.
Fifty-seven-year-old Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix is the eldest of the clan. He was extradited to the U.S. after serving a decade in a Mexican prison on weapons violations.
Arellano Felix's sentencing Monday follows his guilty plea in June to charges that he sold about a half-pound of cocaine to a San Diego undercover police officer in 1980.
His younger brother, Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, pleaded guilty last month to laundering money and running a criminal enterprise.
He was captured last year by the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters.