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Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat-thank you Naromics!
“Mr. Beltrán Leyva’s understanding, as well as that of his Mexican attorneys, was that he being extradited to face charges related to the drug seizures in Washington State.
However, after Mr. Beltrán Leyva’s extradition, the government disclosed that it intended to try Mr. Beltrán Leyva as being a member of a large-scale conspiracy involving the Mexican “Federation,” which is alleged to be composed of the “Sinaloa Cartel” and what the government terms the “Beltrán Leyva Organization.”
The government further sought to try him as conspiring with Colombian traffickers to import cocaine from Colombia to Mexico. Finally, the government sought to associate Mr. Beltrán Leyva with multiple seizures of cocaine loads. It was understood from early on that the government’s evidence consisted principally of cooperator testimony. Based on the information available to him concerning the government’s evidence, Mr. Beltrán Leyva decided to exercise his constitutional right to trial.
During the pendency of this case, the government filed various motions where it claims it set forth other crimes evidence against Mr. Beltrán Leyva. The week before the scheduled start of trial, the government proffered to the Court the expected testimony of various witnesses, including cooperators.
The government now seeks to have the Court sentence Mr. Beltrán Leyva to life in prison based largely on the representations in its various motions and the “proffer” provided prior to the scheduled trial. The Court should reject that government’s request and sentence Mr. Beltrán Leyva to 25 years. In sum, the Court should not rely solely upon the government’s self-serving and non-objective recitation of the facts it believes it would have proven at trial.”
The document below are statements from the Flores twins, with interesting cartel operational information