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Blog del Narco: Queen of the Pacific Pleads Not Guilty in US Court

Blog del Narco: Queen of the Pacific Pleads Not Guilty in US Court

Photo: Sandra Avila Queen of the Pacific

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“The Queen of the Pacific”, pleaded not guilty to two drug charges in federal court in Miami.

In a brief court hearing in front of Judge Otazo Alicia Reyes, attorney Stephen Ralls said Avila Beltran was innocent of the charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of cocaine in the United States.

The not guilty plea came a week before a hearing at which the judge must determine whether to accept the request of the defense of Ávila Beltran to postpone the start of the trial, set for September 24. Ralls has requested more time to prepare his case and said he has not had access to the evidence presented by the prosecution.

If found guilty, Avila Beltran, 51, would face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment.

The alleged Mexican drug trafficker was extradited to the U.S. in early August and has since been detained in a federal prison in downtown Miami, located a few meters from the court where the hearing was held.
Avila Beltran, niece of Mexican drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was arrested in Mexico in 2007 when she was enjoying a coffee in a restaurant and has since said that he is innocent and that she made her living selling clothes.

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