Read news from This was reported on Saturday, February 8, by Reuters, citing sources in the government of Mexico.

The decision on the early release of Beltran was made, according to the agency, by a federal judge of the Mexican state of Jalisco, which satisfied the petition of the convict.

US authorities believe that Avila Beltran was part of an organization that imported cocaine into the United States from Colombia. According to the authorities, she served as the link between the Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa and the Colombian drug cartel North Valley (Norte del Valle).

Avila Beltran was first arrested in Mexico City in 2007. Mexican authorities believed that she was connected with a consignment of drugs that was intercepted in 2001 in the Mexican port of Manzanillo (nine tons of cocaine were seized at the time). Avila Beltran was the first woman who got accused in leading a drug smuggling operation. It was not possible to establish her fault in the Mexican court. She was acquitted there in late 2010.

In August 2012 Beltran was extradited to the United States, where she has had to face similar charges. After serving her prison term, in 2013 she was deported back to Mexico, where she was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering.

Avila Beltran is the niece of Miguel Felix Gallardo, who is known as the godfather of the Mexican drug mafia. She received her nickname “Queen of the Pacific ocean” for having established smuggling routes along the Pacific coast from Mexico to California.

Sandra Avila Beltran Queen of the Pacific ocean

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