The best female leader of El Chapo and the financial brain behind his infamous cartel stands for life in prison after he has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering
- Guadalupe Fernández Valencia is said to have been the highest placed woman in El Chapo & # 39; s notorious Sinaloa cartel
- On Wedneday, she pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and money laundering in a Chicago courtroom
- It is believed that Valencia, 59, reported directly to El Chapo & # 39; s son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar
- She helped coordinate large amounts of drugs in the US and earned the Sinaloa cartel billions of dollars
- Valencia is confronted with life in prison, but prosecutors have recommended a drastically reduced sentence when cooperating with other cartel investigations
Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and a count of money laundering complication in a federal court on Wednesday
The woman who is considered the financial mastermind behind the infamous Sinaloa Cartel of El Chapo, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.
Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, 59, entered two guilty pleas in a Chicago courtroom on Wednesday – almost two years after she was extradited from Mexico to the United States.
While Valencia is now faced with the possibility of a life behind bars, prosecutors have advised to serve between 10 and 15 years in exchange for its cooperation in other cartel investigations.
A district judge has said that he will postpone the conviction of Valencia until it demonstrates such cooperation.
During the Valencia process, researchers claimed that the Sinaloa cartel used planes, submarines, trucks, and tunnels to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs into the US.
Valencia is said to have played a powerful role in getting the drugs across the border before the funds were then washed back to Mexico.
The mother of five is supposed to report directly to the son of El Chapo, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar
Valencia was arrested in Mexico in February 2016 (photo) and extradited to the United States in November 2017
Valencia is considered the financial mastermind behind the notorious Sinaloa cartel, led by El Chapo. It is depicted as a center after being extradited to the US in 2017.
An assistant lawyer told the court that Valencia transported 3500 pounds of marijuana to the US in 2009 and 2010.
At the same time, she is said to have smuggled 30 kg of cocaine into the country every week.
El Chapo was convicted in February of running a criminal business alongside other narcotic costs. He is depicted in a 2015 mugshot
Later, between 2012 and 2014, Valencia would have assisted her brother Manuel in transporting cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine across the US-Mexico border.
Manuel was arrested shortly thereafter and sentenced in 2016 to 27 years in prison in Illinois.
The same year, Valencia was finally arrested in Culiacan – a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa.
She was extradited to the Chicago court in November 2017.
Valencia fell in the sights of the US government long before the Mexican federal police arrested her because she was placed in the infamous & # 39; kingpin & # 39; list.
Meanwhile, El Chapo was convicted in February of running a criminal business alongside other narcotic costs.
He remains in custody in a federal prison in Manhattan, New York, and will be formally sentenced next month.
Valencia (bottom left) caught the eye of the US government long before the Mexican federal police arrested her, because she was placed in the infamous & # 39; kingpin & # 39; list.
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