Thursday, July 7, 2022

Benjamin Arellano Felix seeks early release

Benjamín Arellano Félix wants out of prison early. 11 years into a 25 stretch, Arellano petitioned a San Diego federal judge for compassionate release. Arellano was arrested in Mexico in 2002 and extradited to San Diego in 2011. He pleaded guilty to racketeering and money laundering and agreed to forfeit $100m as part of the deal. Prosecutors argue the only issue with the notorious drug kingpin is hypertension. Arellano’s chance of early release seems remote. When the same judge sentenced Arellano in 2012, he denied a request to receive a five-year credit for time already served in Mexico.
His plea deal set 25 years as the maximum.Benjamín Arellano Félix, who worked with his 6 brothers, was one of Mexico's most powerful drug lords and the supplier of 30% of the U.S.'s cocaine. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012. The gang was known for dissolving bodies in drums of acid or burning them in the desert. Arellano Felix and his late brother, Ramon, the cartel's top enforcer, ruled the cartel from 1986 to 2002.
Ramon Arellano Felix wearing shorts.Aided by corrupt Mexican officials, the Arellanos killed anyone who stepped on their California-Mexico border turf. The cartel was fictionally portrayed in the Hollywood film 'Traffic'. Arellano Felix will not be released until he is almost 80. He will be sent to Mexico to serve 22 more years.

Ramon Arellano Felix was killed in 2002. El Chapo was reputed to have said ... "If anything had ever really given me pleasure, it was to have killed Ramon Arellano Felix." They arranged for police to pull him over in the city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Younger brother Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, who took over in 2002, was sentenced in San Diego to life in prison in 2007.