US jails Mexican cocaine kingpin for 27 years
NEW YORK — A New York court on Wednesday sentenced a cocaine kingpin from one of Mexico's bloodiest gangs to 27 years in prison for trafficking at least 200 tons of cocaine to the United States.
Gilberto Salinas Doria, who worked with the infamous Juarez Cartel, pleaded guilty in December 2008 to narcotics conspiracy after his extradition from Mexico the previous year.
"Gilberto Salinas Doria is a true drug kingpin who, in the course of just five years, shipped more than 200 tons of cocaine from Mexico to the United States," said federal prosecutor Preet Bharara in New York.
"The harm caused by the poison Salinas Doria poured into the United States is inestimable, and the stiff sentence imposed by the judge today is just punishment for a life of crime."
Salinas was first arrested in 1998 in Mexico but escaped. He was recaptured in Venezuela and extradited to Mexico, and then to the United States.
December 2 2009