Mexican Drug Cartel Boss 'Mochomo' Sentenced to Life in Prison

Mexican Drug Cartel Boss 'Mochomo' Sentenced to Life in Prison

Mexican drug cartel boss Alfredo Beltran Leyva, also known as Mochomo, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

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Mochomo led the Beltran Leyva Organization, which, according to CNN, is a Mexican drug trafficking cartel known for moving substantial amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.

The man, 46, was sentenced in a federal court in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon handed down the sentence as well as a $529,200,000 forfeiture, which is based on an "extremely conservative" estimate of the amount of drugs Beltran Leyva transported to the border for movement into the U.S.

The drug kingpin apologized to the judge for his "behavior that brought me here."

"I have told the truth before you. I accept the responsibility that I helped by brother Arturo sell cocaine in Culiacán, knowing that it was coming to the US, but I have never sent one kilogram to the U.S.," he said.

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Leon, saying that Beltran Leyva had not accepted full responsibility for his actions, denied the drug lord's defense team's request to reduce the sentencing range.