Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cartel figure set to plead guilty in San Diego

By ELLIOT SPAGAT (AP) – Oct 15, 2009

SAN DIEGO — A high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel will plead guilty in San Diego, nearly a decade after being arrested at his son's soccer game.

Jesus "Chuy" Labra of the Arellano Felix drug cartel was extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug, racketeering and money laundering charges. A federal court docket says Labra will change his plea Thursday but does not say on which charges.

The cartel was near the height of its power in March 2000 when Labra was arrested at a school in Tijuana, Mexico.

Labra is accused of tapping extensive connections with Colombian cocaine traffickers and Mexican marijuana growers and regularly participating in the cartel's major decisions.

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