POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:20am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:21am
BROWNSVILLE — The nephew of former Gulf cartel kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen pleaded guilty to a long term drug conspiracy in federal court.
Rafael Cardenas Vela pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distributing more than ten pounds of cocaine and more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana. Cardenas Vela admitted to being a part of this conspiracy for at least the last ten years. Vela held the position of plaza boss for the Gulf cartel over the last several years in various places including San Fernando, Rio Bravo and Matamoros, Tamaulipas.