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Drug Ring Leader in Texas Gets Life Prison Term

LAREDO, Texas — A federal judge in South Texas has fined a drug kingpin $13 million and sentenced him to life in prison for trafficking marijuana and cocaine.

Prosecutors in Laredo said Leandro Salas-Galaviz, also known as Daniel Obregon, was sentenced Monday. Investigators said Salas-Galaviz had ties to the Los Zetas gang in Mexico.

He was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, six counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine or marijuana, money laundering and conspiracy to launder drug money.

Salas-Galaviz, during his July trial, was identified as an illegal immigrant who lived in Dallas and Laredo since 2002.

His wife, Mayra Lopez, and his mother, Josefina Galaviz, were convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to launder drug money. Each must serve more than 11 years in prison.



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