By SDCN Editor
A narcotrafficker pleaded guilty today to international cocaine trafficking conspiracy, federal authorities said
According to court documents, beginning in the 1980s through 2017, Raul Flores-Hernandez, aka El Tio, 70, led a drug-trafficking organization based in Mexico’s Jalisco State that trafficked cocaine from South America to Mexico for subsequent importation into the United States. He leveraged his business connections to coordinate the transportation of substantial quantities of cocaine from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia to ports in Mexico, from which they were transported by land to and across the U.S. border.
In July 2017, Mexican authorities arrested Flores-Hernandez at the request of the United States. He was extradited from Mexico to the United States in February 2021.
Flores-Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it would be imported into the United States. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14 and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The DEA Los Angeles and San Diego Field Divisions, FBI Washington Field Office, and HSI San Diego Field Office are investigating the case. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego provided substantial assistance.