Mexican Cartel "Queen" Gets 70-Month Sentence in Miami

Sandra Avila Beltran could be released and returned to Mexico in a month because of time served, her attorney says

Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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In this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo released by the Mexican Attorney General's Office, or PGR, Sandra Avila Beltran, dubbed the Queen of the Pacific, smiles after she was arrested by federal agents outside a restaurant in southern Mexico City.

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An accused Mexican drug trafficker known as the "Queen of the Pacific" has been sentenced to 70 months in prison in federal court in Miami. 

Attorney Stephen Ralls says Sandra Avila Beltran could be released and returned to Mexico in a month because of time already served. She was sentenced Thursday.

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Avila Beltran was detained in Mexico City on Sept. 28, 2007, and extradited to the U.S. last year. She pleaded guilty in April to being an accessory after the fact in an organization that included Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez, her boyfriend at the time. Espinosa pleaded guilty in the U.S. in 2009 to cocaine trafficking charges.

Avila Beltran, who could have faced up to 15 years' imprisonment, pleaded guilty under a plea bargain that credited her with time served since 2007.

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