Benjamín Arellano Félix was born in 12 March 1952 .He is a former Mexican drug lord who alongside his brothers founded and led the Tijuana Cartel or “Arellano-Félix Organization” until his arrest in March 2002.Benjamín Arellano Félix, who worked closely with his brothers, was one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords and the supplier of one-third of the U.S.’s cocaine.]Benjamín had six brothers
Benjamín was first arrested on 18 June 1982, in Downey, California, for receiving 100 kilos of cocaine smuggled through the San Ysidro border. However, he escaped custody.The Arellano Félix brothers obtained their first big break in 1989, when they inherited the organization from their uncle, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, after they showed early promise smuggling consumer electronics over the U.S.–Mexico border. By 1998, the Arellano brothers had been indicted in the U.S. for drug trafficking, and Ramón had been put on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list
Benjamín Arellano tried to clear his name after the 1993 murder of Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, in which he had been implicated. That high-profile assassination brought international attention to his trafficking organization and, although this forced Benjamín to lie low and adopt false names, he continued to live in casual confidence, apparently unafraid of capture.He had a secret meeting with the Apostolic Nunciature to Mexico, Girolamo Prigione on December 1, 1993. Another of Benjamin’s brothers, Francisco, was arrested soon afterward on drug charges, and Benjamín, Ramón, and Javier officially became fugitives.
On 1 June 2000, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Benjamín under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (sometimes referred to simply as the “Kingpin Act”), for his involvement in drug trafficking, along with eleven other international criminals.The act prohibited U.S. citizens and companies from doing any kind of business activity with him, and virtually freezing all his assets in the U.S.
Benjamin was extradited to the United States in 29 April 2011 to face charges of trafficking cocaine into California. On January 4, 2012 he pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on 2 April 2012.According to the DEA, Benjamin’s oldest daughter had an evident and unique facial deformity, and she was the “soft spot” in her father’s violent lifestyle.
Ruth had a daughter named after her by January 1986. Benjamin decided to send Ruth and their daughter to San Diego to see a doctor because the newborn girl had unspecified medical issues.But the name of his daughter was not known…
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