Photo: Sandra Avila Beltra: Queen of the Pacific
Reportedly on Friday Sandra Avila Beltran, Mexico’s “Queen of the Pacific” was quietly deported after escaping a jail sentence for narcotic trafficking here in the U.S.
Yet she is not completely scott free once she returns to Mexico, as she had hoped.
Mexican officials are reporting they plan to detain her for her links to the Sinaloa cartel, once the deportation process is complete. It is believed she was transported on a private flight out of Miami to Toluca, Mexico.
Last month Beltran was sentenced for time served after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a drug trafficking organization once led by her ex-boyfriend, Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez. The sentence handed down by the U.S. judge - 70 months - was equal to the amount of time Avila had already spent behind bars in Mexico and the U.S. since 2007. She was facing up to 15 years in prison.
Beltrán belongs to a family of drug smugglers—her uncle, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, founded the Guadalajara cartel.
The 52-year-old is known as much for her love of cosmetic procedures and her love affairs as for her dominance over Pacific coast drug routes.