Mexican tribunal reduces sentences of drug cartel kingpins |

Mexican tribunal reduces sentences of drug cartel kingpins

MEXICO CITY – A Mexican federal tribunal has slashed the sentences of two brothers who appealed their convictions of heading a drug cartel that smuggled tons of methamphetamines into the United States, the Federal Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.Jose de Jesus Amezcua, who was dubbed “the amphetamine king” and is wanted in the United States, had his sentence reduced from 53 years nine months to 28 years, the office said in a news release.His brother Adan Amezcua had his sentence reduced from 22 years to nine years and six months, it said.The original sentences were dished out by a judge in the western Mexican state of Jalisco in September 2004. The brothers appealed the sentences before a federal tribunal.In the news release, the attorney general’s office did not explain why the sentences were reduced. The tribunal could not be immediately reached for comment.Mexican courts often change criminal sentences on appeal.Investigators say the Amezcua gang illegally imported ephedrine from Europe, India and Pakistan through ports on Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts and used it to manufacture the stimulant methamphetamine in western Mexico.In 1998, a California federal grand jury indicted Jose de Jesus Amezcua on charges of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess ephedrine.Amezcua was also included in 2000 on a White House list of suspected international drug kingpins subject to asset seizure and other financial penalties.Vail, Colorado

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