ICE deports convicted drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran
POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:37am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 8:25am
EL PASO, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials have deported Sandra Beltran, also known as the "Queen of the Pacific", back to Mexico.
Beltran, 52, was convicted of being an accessory in aiding cocaine traffickers and for having alleged ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
She was one of 129 ICE detainees flown from El Paso to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City and turned over to Mexican authorities.
In August of 2012, she was brought to the United States to face federal charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine in Florida and placed on a detainer.
On April 23rd she pleaded guilty to the crime of drug trafficking and sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.
Avila Beltran was released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on July 30th and turned over to ICE officials to be deported back to Mexico as an aggravated felon.