Mexico's “Traffic” Kingpin Faces 25 Years, $100M Penalty

Mexican druglord Benjamin Arellano Felix, leader of the once-powerful Tijuana cartel portrayed in Steven Soderbergh's film "Traffic," pleaded guilty on Friday to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money. He faces up to 25 years in prison and agreed to hand over $100 million. By pleading guilty, Arellano Felix, 58, avoided a long trial that would've landed him in prison for up to 140 years. The Arellano Felix family controlled the California-Mexico border in the 1990s. Besides smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., they were also known for dissolving their enemies in vats of acid.

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