Mexican drug lord pleads guilty to drug charges in San Diego

Mexican drug lord pleads guilty to drug charges in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego says Mexican drug cartel kingpin, Benjamin Arellano Felix, has pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money.

Arellano Felix appeared in a San Diego Federal Court this afternoon.

The plea avoids the spectacle of a trial for one of the world's most powerful drug lords of the 1990's.

The plea agreement calls for a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Arellano Felix is known for heading a once-mighty drug cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico in the late 1980's.

He was extradited from Mexico in April 2011 to face drug, money-laundering and racketeering charges.

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