Drug cartel leader “Talivan” sentenced to 30 years

Drug cartel Los Zetas leader, Ivan Velasquez Caballero aka "Talivan" or "50" has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Drug cartel Los Zetas leader, Ivan Velasquez Caballero aka Talivan or 50 has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Ivan Velasquez Caballero was escorted by federal agents after his extradition to the United States

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office, the drug cartel leader Ivan Velasquez Caballero aka “Talivan” or “50” has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in drug trafficking and drug conspiracy, kidnapping, racketeering and firearms conspiracy, kidnap and murder U. S. citizens in a foreign country and money laundering. He pleaded guilty on April 7, 2014.

Ivan Velasquez-Caballero aka Talivan was a plaza boss for Nuevo Laredo in 2004 under the Gulf Cartel and one of the bosses of the Los Zetas drug cartel from 2005 until Mexican authorities arrested him in August 2012. The U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Ivan Velasquez Caballero to federal prison for 30 years and imposed a forfeiture order of $10 million. At the court hearing, there was sufficient evidence to show that the Los Zetas cartel was responsible for beginning the violence that still plagues Mexico until now. Velasquez Caballero, not a US citizen and expected to deportation proceedings following his release from federal prison.

The charges connected from a February 17, 2010, indictment charging Velasquez Caballero and other 33 cartel members. At the hearing, the court also heard from the father of a missing woman from Loredo Texas. He stated that Velasquez Caballero knows some information about her disappearance and he would like to get an opportunity to talk with Velasquez Caballero about that matter.

The court was not holding Velasquez Caballero personally responsible for all murders that were committed in the case and noted that Velasquez Caballero was just ranking member of the cartel when those murders were ordered. Federal judge recounted each of the killings that were part of the indictment and reflected on the testimony of one of the victim’s mother.

The drug conspiracy involved the importation and distribution more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana from Mexico into the United States. Millions of dollars in drug profits and more than 100 firearms were exported from the United States to Ivan Velasquez Caballero and others members in Mexico. To date, 15 others members have been convicted by plea or court.

Ivan Velasquez Caballero, 47, a resident of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been in custody in the United States since was extradited to Laredo, Texas on November 21, 2013, where he will stay and waiting for transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the future.