McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a middle manager
in a Mexican drug cartel to life in prison on drug trafficking,
money laundering and conspiracy charges.
Carlos Landin Martinez, the second-in-command in Reynosa,
Mexico, for the notorious Gulf drug cartel, was convicted on nine
counts in January.
Landin attorney Eric Jarvis said U.S. District Judge Randy Crane
followed the recommended federal sentencing guidelines in putting
Landin away for life Tuesday. Jarvis said Landin will appeal the
Jarvis also said that Crane told Landin to be ready Friday for a
final pre-trial hearing for a second drug-trafficking case and to
begin the new trial next week.
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