Photo: Aurelio Cano Flores convicted
Aurelio Cano Flores, a Mexican national and high ranking member of the Gulf Cartel, was found guilty yesterday to importing multi-tons of cocaine and marijuana into the U.S.
Cano Flores, 40, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” was extradited to the United States from Mexico in August 2011 and was ordered detained in federal custody pending trial.
Aurelio Cano Flores was described as a leader of one of the world’s most notorious criminal that moved “massive quantities of illegal drugs in U.S.” He is the highest ranking Gulf Cartel member to be convicted by a U.S. jury in the past 15 years.
Evidence presented at trial included dozens of lawfully intercepted telephone conversations between Cano Flores and other leaders of the Gulf Cartel, as well as testimony from previously convicted Cartel members. According to evidence presented at trial, Cano Flores began working for the Gulf Cartel in approximately 2001 while serving as a police officer in Mexico. While serving as a police officer, Cano Flores recruited others into the Gulf Cartel, collected drug money and escorted large shipments of cartel drugs to the U.S. border.
Cano Flores faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.