Mexican federal police commander enters no contest plea to obstructing U.S. investigation into drug cartel

A former high-ranking commander in the Mexican federal police entered a no contest plea in U.S. District Court to the charges of obstruction of justice and conspiring with others to corruptly impede a U.S.-based narcotics trafficking investigation.

A former high-ranking commander in the Mexican federal police entered a no contest plea in U.S. District Court to the charges of obstruction of justice and conspiring with others to corruptly impede a U.S. based narcotics trafficking investigation.

A no contest plea is one in which a defendant acknowledges that the facts of the case would result in a verdict of guilt, although the defendant is not admitting to those facts, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Ivan Reyes Arzate, 46, of Mexico City, also known as “La Reina,” entered a no contest plea to charges that he obstructed and conspired to obstruct an investigation being carried out by the DEA. Reyes acquired information regarding the U.S. investigation through his position as a commander in the Mexican federal police, which was working with the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago to investigate an international drug trafficking and money laundering organization.



An indictment was returned in July 2017 charging Reyes, and he has been in custody since the announcement of the charges. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve accepted the plea and set the sentencing for August 29, 2018.

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The obstruction of justice charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. The Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.