By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 27, 2015
Chicago, Illinois - On Tuesday, both twin brothers Pedro Flores and Margarito Flores, 33, were sentenced to 14 years each in a federal prison for trafficking and distribution of 64,000 kilos (71 tons) of heroin, including 276 kilos of cocaine totaling nearly $2B in profits for the Sinaloa Cartel in the U.S. At least 80% of the drugs were distributed from the Chicago area by the Flores drug trafficking network.
The Flores brothers received a lighter sentence for their cooperation to work with federal authorities and their help to indict more than 60 members of the Sinaloa Cartel, including the drug cartel kingpins.
The brothers worked as informants for the feds and even recorded conversations with drug lord Joaquín "El Capo" Archivaldo Guzmán Loera while infiltrating top operating and distributing operations of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The Flores brothers helped in the 14 grand jury indictments that were unsealed in San Diego on January 16 that named 60 members of the Sinaloa Cartel including drug lords Guzmán Loera and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada García, 64. Guzmán Loera, 54, was arrested in February 2014 in Mexico and the U.S. has requested an extradition order for the Mexican government to extradite Guzmán Loera to the U.S. to face drug trafficking and distribution, money laundering and murder charges against Guzmán Loera. Zambada García is wanted in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. for similar charges including conspiring to distribute drugs as his partner Guzmán Loera. The indictment also names two for Guzmán Loera's sons and two of Zambada García's sons as well. Zambada Carcía's sons, Ismael Zambada-Sicairos, 32, known as "Mayito Flaco," and Ismael Zambada-Imperial, 30, known as "Mayito Gordo." Zambada-Imperial was arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2014. Also part of that indictment is Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar, 31, known as "Chapito," and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar whose father is Guzmán Loera the alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel along with Zambada García. Guzmán Loera was considered the world's most powerful drug lord until his arrest in Mexico in February 2014, according to the DEA.
The three year drug cartel investigation resulted with 117 arrests. The U.S. feds and foreign authorities made arrests and seizures from San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties to the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, New York City and Detroit; the states of Nevada, Texas, South Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia; and the countries of Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, the Philippines, Guatemala and China.