Man elected mayor in Mexico gets 21 years in prison for operating drug ring out of Tucson
A former mayor in Mexico was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating a drug-trafficking ring in southern Arizona.
Arturo Reyes Trujillo, 43, was sentenced Monday to 262 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake, according to a release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office. Trujillo was elected municipal president in Fronteras, Sonora, in 2012.
“The lengthy sentence in this case reflects our office’s commitment to aggressively prosecute cross-border drug trafficking,” Acting U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Strange said in the news release.
Trujillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In the plea agreement, Trujillo admitted to heading a drug-trafficking organization out of Tucson.